Haxey, Lincolnshire, UK. 5th January 2019. The village of Haxey have been practicing the ancient tradition since the 14th Century. It is believed to be the oldest local tradition in England. Known as the Haxey Hood it is most easily described as a sort of rugby match, with unlimited participants and few rules, as a leather tube is slowly walked by the large unorganised rugby scrum to one of four local pubs, where it remains until the following years game. Credit: Matt Limb OBE/Alamy Live News

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The village of Haxey have been practicing the ancient tradition of The Haxey Hood since the 14th Century. It is believed to be the oldest local tradition in England. Starting with the Fool and The Boggins visiting the village pubs, the Fool addresses the crowd before he is smoked as a fire of damp straw is set alight at the village church, then what is best described as a sort of rugby match, with unlimited participants and few rules, as a leather tube, The Hood, is slowly walked by the large unorganised rugby scrum to one of four local pubs, where it remains until the following years game
Location: Haxey, Lincolnshire, England, UK

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