Pancakes really hit the spot in lesson on Lent

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: St Aidan's pupils Rebecca Jackson (left) and Lydia Davenport cooked up something special on Pancake Day.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: St Aidan's pupils Rebecca Jackson (left) and Lydia Davenport cooked up something special on Pancake Day.

STUDENTS from Saint Aidan’s Technology College in Preesall got a lesson in the symbolism of Shrove Tuesday – and got to make pancakes as well!

The session was lead by Fiona Radcliffe, school chaplain and youth worker, and Joanne Rossall, the school’s food technology teacher.

The students, from a mixed age group, watched while Mrs Rossall demonstrated how to make pancakes and told them something about the symbolism involved in making pancakes at the start of Lent.

Miss Radcliffe said: “At the school we were celebrating Pancake Tuesday, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, as the final day before Lent begins.

“In the lesson we reminded the students that during Lent we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert before he started his ministry, and Christians often abstain from eating sweet things.

“Pancake Tuesday is the last day to feast, and to flip a pancake and turn over a new leaf!

“The students couldn’t wait to try the pancakes, they’re just as popular today as they’ve always been.”

Students at the school, which includes a contingent from Fleetwood, Thornton and Cleveleys, got to make some of their own pancakes.

And they made a very good job of it, too.

They were eaten with a variety of fillings, from the traditional lemon juice and sugar to more luxurious strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Student Lydia Devonport, 13, said: “The pancakes were lovely, so easy to make as long as you are careful with the hot pan. I prefer mine with lemon and sugar.”

Another student, Rebecca Davenport, also 13, said: “It was interesting to hear again about the meaning behind Pancake Day because it is easy to forget it.

“But the best part was eating the pancakes!”

And 11-year-old Oliver Hoffman, said: “They’re delicious!”