Pancake Day: the locking out of teachers day

In Derbyshire, one funny custom was the locking-out of teachers. On Shrove Tuesday, the older boys would arrive at school early and tie the doors. when the teachers arrived, the children would chant:'Pancake Day is a jolly day, If you don't give us a holiday, We'll all run away'. 

The teachers would then pretend to be angry, but when the doors were opened, prayers said and register taken, the school would close for the day.

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