Crowds gather for annual Shrovetide Ball Game

Today is Shrove Tuesday – the day before Ash Wednesday, which symbolises the start of Lent. But, in a rural town in Warwickshire it means only one thing: the Shrovetide Ball Game.

Crowds have gathered in the town for the annual games.


Atherstone Ball Game

The Shrovetide Ball Game has to be one of the oddest traditions in Britain. Hundreds gather in Atherstone on Pancake Day to wrestle for a ball thrown from a bank! The event also takes place in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.