WATCH: Flipping good Pancake Day on Sunderland seafront with SAFC

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BOYS and girls had a flipping good time on Sunderland seafront as part of Pancake Day celebrations.

Roker restaurant The Beach House, owned by Sunderland AFC, put on a number of events to commemorate this year’s Shrove Tuesday.

TUESDAY TREAT: half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday - mascots Samson the Cat and Sunny the Seagull compete in a pancake race along the seafront.

TUESDAY TREAT: half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday - mascots Samson the Cat and Sunny the Seagull compete in a pancake race along the seafront.

The idea of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is actually more than a thousand years old and was originally created as a way to get rid of all the leftover fatty foods people had in their cupboards before Lent began on Ash Wednesday.

Dozens of children and their families turned up to be part of the fun, with SAFC mascot Samson and Sun FM seagull Sunny having a pancake race, in which the feline sped to the finish line quickest.

Pancake demonstrations took place at the Beach House, with the chance to win prizes including matchday tickets at the Stadium of Light.

Heather Brown, of East Boldon, had brought grandaughter Sophia Lyden, four, along to enjoy the sunshine.

It was half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday.'The Beach House was providing a pancake-making demonstration.

It was half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday.'The Beach House was providing a pancake-making demonstration.

“We saw this was on when we walked along the seafront,” said Heather.

“We love getting down here, especially when there are things like this on.

“We’ve had some pancakes this morning for breakfast like we always do. It’s a fun day.”

Seaham man Terry Kay brought his grandaughter, six-year-old Charlotte, down as well.

It was half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday.'Sunderland SAFC Ladies Rebekah Bass and Hayley Sharp helped out with some football fun down on the beach.

It was half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday.'Sunderland SAFC Ladies Rebekah Bass and Hayley Sharp helped out with some football fun down on the beach.

“Today’s been brilliant,” said Mr Kay, 79. We’ve been into the Beach House and enjoyed everything they’ve put on.

“I’m really impressed with it all and it makes the seafront look a lot better.”

SAFC Ladies stars also made an appearance, coming down to the beach for a kickabout with delighted youngsters.

Winger Rebekah Bass, 20, said: “We try to get down as many time as we can to meet people and encourage them to come along to our games so today’s a great opportunity.

It was half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday.'Rebekah Bass and Hayley Sharp from Sunderland SAFC Ladies.

It was half-term family fun on the beach at Roker with a pancake-themed event marking Shrove Tuesday.'Rebekah Bass and Hayley Sharp from Sunderland SAFC Ladies.

“Women’s football is growing everywhere at the minute and you can see how popular it is.

“It’s nice to see all the kids here today.”