The rain did not stop Islanders from celebrating Pancake Day on Tuesday, with hundreds joining in with challenges and races across the Isle of Wight.

Returning for its ninth year, Cllr Michael Lilley’s Pancake Day Challenge raised £135 through fundraising for Ryde-based charity Tidal Family Support.

Hosted at Pickle & Dill on Union Street in Ryde, the winner of the challenge was Steve Weir.

Isle of Wight County Press: From left, winner Steve Weir, Cllr Michael Lilley and Melanie Lewis of Tidal Family SupportFrom left, winner Steve Weir, Cllr Michael Lilley and Melanie Lewis of Tidal Family Support (Image: Mark Gaskin)

Red Funnel staff also got into the Pancake Day spirit by flipping pancakes onboard the vehicle ferry (see video below).

Meanwhile, in Yarmouth, many lined the streets – including a 'gurt mallishag' – to celebrate the Pancake Day Race in St James’ Square.

Organised by the Yarmouth Carnival Committee, parents, children, shops and businesses all turned out to take part in the town’s annual Shrove Tuesday event.

On Tuesday evening, Cllr Lilley returned with some Pancake Day fun, this time at an event held at John’s Club at Oakfield Football Club in aid of Island charities and raising awareness of domestic abuse.

Fundraisers Dave Darcy-Leigh and Peter May, from To Be In Her Shoes, helped raise money at the event, taking part in the pancake flipping competition alongside Cllr Lilley and Cllr Sarah Redrupsee video below, courtesy of Peter May.

Grace's Bakery hosted pancake making, while Peter led the High-Heeled Pancake Race.

Through fundraising, more than £156 was raised, with the final figure to be announced next week, with £120 presented to John Philips of John’s Club.