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An Easter tradition: Bottle kicking!

Hundreds of people descended on Hallaton and Medbourne in Leicestershire yesterday to watch rival villagers battle over beer barrels.

The sport, which dates back around a thousand years, sees people from the neighbouring Hallaton and Medbourne battle it out to get barrels across their own village's finishing line. Hallaton won 2-1.

This video was filmed by Ed Stafford, an explorer from Leicestershire who holds the Guinness World Record for walking the entire length of the Amazon River in 2010.


'Festival of Colours' celebrated in Leicester

The Holi Festival is taking place later in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The Holi festival, or the 'Festival of Colours', is being celebrated in Leicester today.

It's a major event in the Hindu calendar, celebrated across the world with by splashing paint on those participating and lighting bonfires.

It starts at 4pm at Spinney Park in the city, and the bonfire is located near the Park Vale Road entrance.


3,000 take to the skies on the divisive Dudley Wheel

Remember the divisive Dudley Wheel attraction? It has been described as 'the worst tourist attraction in Britain' but now it seems to have found a whole lot of new fans.

More than 3,000 people have now taken to the skies on the 35-metre high wheel, which has been in Dudley since March 12. It will remain in Stone Street Square until April 10, the last day of the Easter holidays.

“Some London-based journalists have knocked Dudley and the Black Country for having a big wheel. I hope the hard facts about how many people have already gone on Free Radio DY Eye in just one week and before the Easter holidays have even started will have them in a spin.

“Both council staff and local business people are conducting surveys to ask people who have gone on the wheel what they think. It is a work in progress, but so far the feedback has been glowing, with people enjoying the views and heritage that we have to offer.

“In fact I would like to thank the naysayers down south for helping us. Thanks to them we have had people coming from far afield, including a number from Somerset and Devon, to see what all the fuss is about. And they have given us nothing but praise.”

– Councillor Pete Lowe, Leader of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Astronaut Tim Peake tweets Notts school after hearing their song in space

British astronaut Major Tim Peake has tweeted a school in Nottinghamshire after hearing a song made specially for him while up in space.

Tim Peake is currently on the International Space Station Credit: PA

Children at Burton Joyce Primary School wrote and recorded a song for him, and tweeted it to him.

The European Space Agency have worked with teachers at the school to enable Tim to hear it while on the International Space Station, and today he managed to.

Here's his reaction:

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