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Christians to hand out pancakes at Lincoln level crossing

People in Lincoln stuck at the High Street level crossing on Shrove Tuesday can at least enjoy a free pancake while they wait.

Local Christian community group Luminous will give out free pancakes to anyone waiting at the High Street level crossing on March 4, between 11am and 2.30pm.

The aim of the offering is to raise awareness of the origins of Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, and why we now eat pancakes on that date.

The group hopes to serve at least 200 free pancakes to pedestrians at the crossing.

Rev Jonnie Parkin, Luminous leader, said: “In Lent, we focus our attention on those who are vulnerable and in need – the hungry, the homeless, the poor.

“Shrove Tuesday gives us an opportunity to be extravagant and generous before we go into a time of abstinence, reflection, and the practical service of others.”

To mark the beginning of Lent, Luminous will also go out on Ash Wednesday, and give an “#ashtag” to Lincoln residents.

The practice of marking people’s foreheads with ash is an ancient tradition within the Church.

Luminous is a new monastic Christian community which worships every Thursday at 12.30pm in St Mary Le Wigford Church, and is open to people of all ages, cultures and philosophies.