British Lion Eggs sponsors parliament pancake race

The annual parliamentary pancake race sponsored by British Lion Eggs saw teams from the House of Lords, House of Commons and the press competing for the coverted title.


The tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday marks the day on which eggs are used up before the period of Lent begins. It remains the single biggest week for egg sales throughout the year.


Ensuring fair play, ITN Newscaster Mary Nightingale officially started the race.


Determined to beat the media team who were last year’s winners, the Lords team’s tactics saw them cross the finish line first.


Running in the victorious team were Lord Redesdale, Lord Addington, Lord Dholakia and Lord Morris of Manchester.


The BBC’s Nick Robinson, Channel 4’s Gary Gibbon, ITN’s Lucy Manning and The Daily Telegraph’s Andrew Porter completed the media team, who took second place.


Finishing third were the MPs Andrew Selous MP, Betty Williams MP, Steven Hammond MP and Martin Horwood MP.


Andrew Parker, chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, said: “Sponsoring the parliamentary pancake day race allows us to raise awareness of British Lion eggs at a peak time for egg sales and, at the same time, support a worthwhile charity in Rehab UK. It is also a great opportunity to remind MPs about one of the great successes of British agriculture.”


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