Llanelli town centre businesses had a flippin’ great time today as our annual Ymlaen Llanelli pancake race took place in aid of a local charity.

After three relay race heats and a final, the Asda Flippers took home the trophy, knocking the previous reigning champions from Davies Craddock off the topspot.

We host our annual pancake race in Stepney Street on Shrove Tuesday each year, inviting teams of four from town centre businesses to take part in a relay race, flipping pancakes as they go. Six teams took part this year, from Asda, Davies Craddock, Llanelly House, Tinopolis, Llanelli Town Council and the Llanelli Market team.

Tinopolis were on track to win their heat against the Asda team, only to lose it on the line as their pancake went rogue and landed on the floor. There was fierce competition between the three finalists, but another pancake tragedy saw Davies Craddock finish in third, with Llanelli Town Council in second hot on the heels of the Asda Flippers.

Entry fees for the race and donations from spectators raised over £120 for Morgan’s Fund, who are raising money for three children’s charities that have helped their two-year-old son Morgan in his fight against cancer. Morgan’s father, Matthew Ridler, works in Gomer Williams in the town centre, and the family offered congratulations and thanks for the race’s fundraising efforts.

We can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity

Chair of Ymlaen Llanelli, Lesley Richards, said there was a great atmosphere: “The teams were all excited to get stuck into some friendly competition, and it was great to get businesses together to support a good local cause. We’re thrilled to have raised so much, and we can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity.”

Town crier Rev. Eldon Phillips refereed the races while dressed as Saint David to commemorate the double-up of special event dates, while Tinopolis wore their Welsh gear and Lady Stepney leant a hand to the Llanelly House team.

Our next event is Llanelli Dinosaur Eggstravaganza on Tuesday 12th April, which will see lifelike dinos putting on a show in Stepney Square from 12pm for some Easter half term fun!

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