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.

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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.