9 flipping marvellous Pancake Day photos through the decades - can you spot yourself?

A Pancake Race at Asda in Grangetown for the Echo Scanner of Hope Appeal in 1999.

A Pancake Race at Asda in Grangetown for the Echo Scanner of Hope Appeal in 1999.

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Today we delve into the Echo’s archives for some “flipping marvellous” Pancake Day pictures.

“Shrove Tuesday was traditionally the time to use up eggs and fats before fasting for Lent,” said photographic archivist Susan Swinney.

Sunderland District General Hospital chef Jane Walker handing over a pancake to nurse Denise Oliver during a pancake race in 1982.

Sunderland District General Hospital chef Jane Walker handing over a pancake to nurse Denise Oliver during a pancake race in 1982.

“Pancakes were the perfect way of cooking up these ingredients and generations of Wearsiders have had great fun celebrating Pancake Day.”

Among the pictures featured is a sponsored pancake toss at Church High School in 1992, and a charity pancake race at Washington in the same year.

“The word Shrove is derived from Shrive, which means to obtain absolution for sins – hence Christians were ‘shriven’ before the start of Lent,” said Susan.

“Ultimately, however, Pancake Day has become a day of fun - as our photos here show.”

Pancake making at Monkwearmouth College in 1975.

Pancake making at Monkwearmouth College in 1975.

Pancake making at Seaburn  Hotel in 1988.

Pancake making at Seaburn Hotel in 1988.

A charity pancake race for the Yellow Brick Road Appeal at In Shops, the Galleries, Washington, in 1992.

A charity pancake race for the Yellow Brick Road Appeal at In Shops, the Galleries, Washington, in 1992.

Seaburn Pancake Race in 1988, when staff from hotels and guest houses took part in the event.

Seaburn Pancake Race in 1988, when staff from hotels and guest houses took part in the event.

A sponsored pancake toss at Sunderland Church High School in 1992.

A sponsored pancake toss at Sunderland Church High School in 1992.

Gala Bingo Club pancaker tosser winner Martha Craig , 71, from Southwick, was named the Pancake Queen of the Pallion Road Gala Bingo Club in 1993.

Gala Bingo Club pancaker tosser winner Martha Craig , 71, from Southwick, was named the Pancake Queen of the Pallion Road Gala Bingo Club in 1993.

Students at Sunderland Polytechnic making pancakes to raise funds to help local youngsters in 1984.

Students at Sunderland Polytechnic making pancakes to raise funds to help local youngsters in 1984.