Two Ryde Councillors will go head-to-head in a pancake flipping competition today (Tuesday) to raise awareness and funds for Ryde food projects that have supported the community through the pandemic.

The Pancake Day flip-off – which normally takes place at Ryde Foodbank, which it raises money for – will see Cllrs Michael Lilley and Wayne Whittle battle for bragging rights in the timed minute long competition. 

In a new twist this year, young people in Ryde will be challenged to have a go themselves and see if they can beat the winning total.

Speaking of the event, Michael Lilley said: “Every pancake day since 2017, Cllr Wayne Whittle and I have flipped pancakes at Ryde Foodbank to highlight the reality of food poverty in the town and raise money. 

"We are working with Network Ryde to invite young people (to take part) through their virtual youth club, with whoever beats our score (crowned) the Ryde Pancake Challenge Youth Champion 2021. 

All proceeds will be split between the following organisations

  • Ryde Foodbank – who have continued to supply much needed food support to the community during the pandemic.
  • Aspire Ryde – who have been providing a free food stand, cooked meals and emergency food parcels.
  • Network Ryde – who have provided weekly cooking videos and support to young people over the past year.

Donations for the event can be made online. 

Reigning champion, Cllr Wayne Whittle, said: “It’s that time of year again where we get to fundraise for our fantastic hard working Ryde food projects.

"I'll have to 'batter' Michael once more to prove I'm still the flipping champion and run the risk this time of getting KO'd by the Network Ryde gang. Bring it on!”