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HERE at Echo House, we never miss the chance to have a tasty treat.

So to celebrate Pancake day, we enlisted the help of some very tough judges to see if we could impress them with our Shrove Tuesday efforts.

Editor of the Sunderland Echo Rob Lawson demonstrating his pancake tossing skills to the Year 4 pupils at Grindon Hall Christian School.

Editor of the Sunderland Echo Rob Lawson demonstrating his pancake tossing skills to the Year 4 pupils at Grindon Hall Christian School.

Year Four Class at Grindon Hall Christian School kindly volunteered as taste testers, while Echo editor Rob Lawson signed up to have a go at some traditional pancake flipping.

It could all have ended in tears, but thankfully Patrick Bailly, caretaker at the school, stepped in and agreed to make the actual pancakes.

Patrick worked as a restaurant manager and chef in France and Switzerland before moving to the North East, so we were confident he could do a great job.

With the batter mixed and the first pancake sizzling away, it was time for Rob to do his part. And Year Four were in for a treat, as he managed a pretty impressive display with no major mishaps (it was later revealed that he had spent a lot of time practicing at the weekend with his family – we thought as much).

Eight-year-old Adam Stockton was feeling brave and was the first to try the Echo pancake, which he gave the thumbs-up and a healthy score of nine out of 10.

Patrick said: “I enjoyed making pancakes with the children – I might even do some at home now!”

Class teacher Mrs Gwynneth Anderson said: “I had a go at making them in school last year but they were a bit of a disaster. This year I’ve bought them ready made to make sure they taste nice.”