As the last day before lent begins on Ash Wednesday, it's an excuse to gorge on some tasty treats before 40 days of feasting. In South Shields it's also an excuse to have a bit of fun, as this gallery of pictures from over the years show.
The King Street pancake race has been a tradition for years. The 2012 event was a close-run affair.
Tommy the Trumpeter was the official starter for the King Street Pancake Day race in 2003.
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Laygate School pupils got some advice on tossing pancakes from Asda's Mavis Maughan back in 2004.
The team from Asda at Boldon were the triumphant winners of the King Street Pancake Race in 2004.
A member of the Shields Gazette team appears to be going the wrong way in the King Street pancake race in 2006.
Pupils from Marine Park School gets some lessons in pancake tossing in 2007.
Crowds gather to watch the Pancake Race in King Street, South Shields, in 2007.
The Specsavers team were triumphant after the King Street Pancake Day race in 2009.
Looking back to 1985, when runners in the King Street Pancake Race were asked to do it in fancy dress.
Alun Davies, head chef at the Marsden Grotto, shows off his pancake tossing technique in 1985.