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Midlands set to mark Shrove Tuesday

It is Shrove Tuesday today and events are being held across the Midlands to mark Pancake Day.

Shrove Tuesday Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leicester's market square will be transformed into a racetrack from 12:30pm, with participants tossing pancakes in a frying pan as they run around obstacles at breakneck speed.

The pancake tossing will begin at 12:45pm in Coventry's Broadgate. Teams of four can enter the day's races but everyone must bring their own frying pan.

Residents take part in the Atherstone Ball Game Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The annual Atherstone Ball Game will be taking place in Warwickshire at 3pm today

This lively tradition has been going for 800 years. Scores of people are expected to gather on Long Street as residents today as residents literally brawl over a large leather ball.

Shops in the town's ancient streets are boarded up, schools are closed and townsfolk vie to win the contest by being the person holding the ball at 5pm.

There'll be scores of other Pancake-themed events taking place across the region today.

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Appeal launched to fund emergency amputation for labrador Akeira

A Lincolnshire dog charity has launched an emergency appeal to fund surgery for an 18-month-old black Labrador pup.

Akeira is adapting to life with three legs Credit: Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Akeira’s previous owner passed away before she was brought to the charity’s North Lincolnshire centre in Brigg with a severely deformed front leg owing to a car accident a year earlier.

The resulting injury fused part of her bones together causing a painful and debilitating bow in her leg as the remaining bones continued to grow. This resulted in emergency surgery to remove the leg and improve her quality of life.

The bones in Akeira's front paw had fused together Credit: Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Rebecca Issott, Centre Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, explained why amputation was the best option:

Sadly Akeira hasn’t had the best start in life. After being injured in a car accident last year she never fully recovered and developed a very painful bow in her leg which stopped her from running freely and would have needed ongoing medication and surgery.

After seeking expert veterinary advice we felt amputation would be the best option to give her a pain-free quality of life. It has cost our charity £600 to fund the operation and aftercare, so we’re asking for people to help by donating what they can to support Akeira’s care costs.

She has already adapted quickly to a life with three legs and is recovering well with one of our dedicated foster carers. Once fully recovered she’ll be available for adoption and looking for her perfect partner to start her new life.

– Rebecca Issott, Centre Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue
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