An Isle of Wight councillor will be looking to batter his opponents in the name of charity, when his 'flipping brilliant' pancake toss returns tomorrow (Tuesday).

Cllr Michael Lilley's annual challenge, in Ryde, is still going strong nine years on.

It sees competitors battle it out to flip a pancake as many times as they can, in a certain time.

As the event raises awareness of food poverty, a cork tray is used instead of a real pancake to avoid food wastage. 

Over nine years, over £15,000 has been raised and the target in 2024 is £1,500 to go to three projects in Ryde.

These include John’s Club in Oakfield, Tidal Family Support based at Rink Road and Ryde/IW Food Bank at Grace’s Church on Marlborough Road.

Cllr Lilley said: "These great projects literally save lives and are needed to support the most vulnerable and poorest in our community.

"In 2024, sadly these projects and other local food projects are seeing a huge increase in residents needing support.

"We should not have the level of food poverty in the UK, we are seeing and it is wrong; but for now we need to support these projects and ones like them to help residents in crisis today”.

The Pancake Day challenge starts at 10.30am at Pickle and Dill, with chef, Bob Wright defending his title as champion flipper.

At 6pm at John’s Club at Oakfield Football Club, Grace’s Bakery are hosting pancake making and the Peter May high-heeled Pancake race.