THEY tossed and turned and the winner even fell over but everyone agreed the 30th Pancake Day Race in Bradford on Avon was a flipping success.

Once again, the race was won by Harry Hamlin, of C S Bowyer funeral directors, who finished first in the town's annual Shrove Tuesday event.

Harry, 29, who has worked for the funeral firm for the past six years, was ecstatic after winning for the second year running despite falling over.

"This is the fourth time I have entered and the second time that I've won," said Harry, who was accompanied by his young daughter, Hallie, 7. "It's not as easy as it looks. Flipping the pancake is the most difficult thing."

This year, six competitors from local businesses and community groups entered the race, which was started by local resident John Durrant in 1988.

Second was David Waldron, of The Cake Architect, with Brooke Rose and Georgia Elliott, both of the Dandy Lion public house, finishing third and fourth.

Fifth was local Wiltshire Police PCSO Megan Jobbins, who was roped into competing at the last minute, and Kate Nottage, of Bradford on Avon Women's 100 Group, trailed home last.

Mr Hamlin was presented with the Tillions Trophy by the town's mayor, Cllr David Garwood, who said: "It's fantastic that this event has been going for 30 years.

"It's one of the great community events in Bradford on Avon and it's nice to see so many people out to watch it taking place."

Spectators lined the ancient town bridge to watch the race, which involved a dash across the bridge and back, with two stops in the centre to flip the pancakes three times.

Mr Hamlin's win claims a remarkable victory for C S Bowyer, whose offices are in the Bull Pit. Another of the firm's employees, Stephen Bryant, also won the event in 2014.

And what was the secret to Harry's success? "I know the bridge very well. I walk across it every day," he said.