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Flipping amazing: Belfast makes pancake-tossing world record bid

By Laura Abernethy

Published 10/02/2016

People gather in the Titanic Quarter for the attempt to break the pancake-tossing record
People gather in the Titanic Quarter for the attempt to break the pancake-tossing record
People gather in the Titanic Quarter for the attempt to break the pancake-tossing record
People gather in the Titanic Quarter for the attempt to break the pancake-tossing record
Maeve Nethercott, Lucy Cairns, Jenna McKeown, Laura McKee and Darina Fyffe get flipping

Hundreds of people had a flipping great Pancake Day as they tried to set a new world record.

The attempt to get the most people tossing pancakes at the same time in one place was held at Belfast Met's Titanic Quarter campus as part of series to events celebrating the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.

Hundreds of pancakes were supplied by Irwins Bakery, while Asda provided the pans needed to flip them.

After a few practice runs officials counted down and participants flipped their hearts out for 30 seconds.

Organisers hoped to attract around 1,000 people to break the current world record, which was set by the University of Sheffield in 2012.

A representative said that while they had come close, they believed they had fallen just short of the 890 people needed to break the record. But while they are awaiting official confirmation, they believe they have broken the Northern Ireland record.

Ann Moreland, from Northern Ireland Food and Drink, said: "We're trying to break the world record, but really it's to allow us to talk about what food and drink can do for us here in Northern Ireland. It is a bit of fun.

"February is the Love Local month, and with Pancake Tuesday falling in the same month, we thought we needed to mark it this year. It is a great opportunity to have some fun at Belfast Met, and we have got lots of students and members of the public. They have all got lots of energy and enthusiasm."

Joe McDonald from Asda added: "This huge gathering of pancake flippers is the perfect way to bring the Year of Food and Drink to life, have some fun and celebrate all that is great about our local produce.

"Asda is proud to support the initiative, which is sure to make Pancake Tuesday another day to remember in this important year-long celebration."

And Colette Wilson from Irwins Bakery told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's fantastic to be involved in the world record attempt with Tourism Northern Ireland.

"It is a very exciting time for Northern Ireland, and the Year of Food and Drink is going to be a great way to celebrate local brands, highlight the quality of our food and, of course, the warmth of our hospitality. The pancake-flipping attempt is a perfect example of this."

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