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Christians give away free pancakes in Lincoln

People in Lincoln waiting at the High Street level crossing are enjoying freshly cooked pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, or “Pancake Day”.

Curtesy of Christian community group Luminous, hundreds of pedestrians were able to help themselves to free pancakes, fresh off the pan, on March 4, between 11am and 2.30pm.

Armed with sweet pancakes and information leaflets, the group aim to raise awareness of the origins of Shrove Tuesday and why we indulge on that day.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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

In lent, Christians are invited to live simply and focus their attention on those who are vulnerable and in need.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Rev Jonnie Parkin, Luminous leader, said: “We are giving free pancakes to people to mark Shrove Tuesday. This is the third year we’ve done it.

“I was looking at the level crossing in the run up to Pancake Day and I thought what a great opportunity to offer people pancakes while they wait.

“Something we have found is that people are very suspicious when something is free, they think there are strings attached. But this is purely a gift.

“We want to also remind people why we have pancakes by giving away leaflets and if our efforts lead to people going away and giving to charity then that’s fantastic.”