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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.

Christ At The Cross - Good Friday in Leicester

Thousands of people across the East Midlands have been taking part in celebrations to mark Good Friday.

These were the scenes at Humberstone Gate for the Leicester "At the Cross" event. Actors, musicians and dancers all helped to tell the the Easter story.


Easter Sunday celebrated in Derby Cathedral

The congregation at Derby Cathedral this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Hannah Stokes

Hundreds of worshippers have packed into Derby Cathedral for the traditional Easter Sunday service.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, held this morning's celebration of Jesus' resurrection.

Speaking ahead of the service, the Bishop released his annual Easter message, part of which explained the sequence of events at this important stage in the Christian calendar.

Easter is not just an event. More, Easter is a process. The Christian understanding of Easter flows through a powerful sequence. Maundy Thursday: a supper with friends. Good Friday: betrayal, torture, death.

Holy Saturday: a space of waiting while hope struggles with despair and light seems to be extinguished by darkness. Easter Sunday: Jesus risen from the tomb, hope and light in triumph – not simply in this world, but as ingredients of a glory beyond our little universe.

Thousands to fill Leicester for Good Friday celebration

Thousands of people are expected to fill Leicester city centre today for the annual telling of the Easter Story.

Thousands of people turn out for the event every year Credit: ITV News Central

The traditional Christ in the Centre event has been closed down due to what organisers labelled "spiralling costs" - but it has been replaced with an event called Leicester@theCross.

The Christ in the Centre event has been replaced with a smaller event called Leicester@theCross Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester@theCross is designed for people of all faiths, and will tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion through dance, singing and music.

The event begins at 11am.

Motorists warned of more jams during Easter getaway

Motorists are warned of a second busy day on the roads today as thousands of people are expected to take advantage of the long weekend for a short getaway.

Drivers are warned about traffic jams as people are expected to head off for a short break Credit: David Jones/PA

Drivers are advised to check local travel news before setting off and plan alternative routes in advance.

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