Cupcakes for all on Pancake Day

Polka Dot Bakes workshop in Duston.
Polka Dot Bakes is a cake company owned by Sharon Smart & Beccy Moulding.
Image Editor Ruth Supple learns how to make and decorate cupcakes at one of their workshops.
Photographs by Kelly Cooper. NNL-160227-131828009
Polka Dot Bakes workshop in Duston. Polka Dot Bakes is a cake company owned by Sharon Smart & Beccy Moulding. Image Editor Ruth Supple learns how to make and decorate cupcakes at one of their workshops. Photographs by Kelly Cooper. NNL-160227-131828009
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Churches in Harborough are teaming up to offer cupcakes to shoppers and commuters on Shrove Tuesday (Ferbruary 28) as part of a project taking place across Leicestershire.

Organisers say the event is following up on the success of a similar scheme last year when cakes at Leicester railway station and around the city itself.

This year, more groups are joining in an event to ‘celebrate the love of God and being glad for what we have’.

A spokesman added: “Senior members of staff including Bishop Martyn, the Archdeacons, Tim Stratford and David Newman, will be joining in all around the county.”

In Harborough, cupcakes will be distributed outside St Dionysius Church and in St. Mary’s Place between 10am and midday.

Earlier, at the train station between 7 and 8am, cupcakes will be handed out to commuters.

They are also giving everyone a postcard with an invitation to be thankful for the good things in their lives.

Hannah Silcock, one of the team organising the events, said she is thrilled with the response from people wanting to take part in their village or town.

She added: “It’s rare we have the opportunity to tell people we are thankful for what we have, for our families, our homes, food on the table, peace in our country, and this is simply a way to show that as Christians we want to thank God for these things.”

Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent begins.

Traditionally, Christians would not eat foods such as meat, fish, fats, eggs and milky food during let.

In order not to waste any food, families would have a feast on Shrove Tuesday and eat up all the food which would not last the forty days of Lent without going off, such as eggs and milk in pancakes.