Ashbourne,Derbyshire,UK.17th February 2015. The annual two day shrovetide football game got underway today with Mr Mick Pepper having the honour of ' Turning up the ball' at 14.00pm . Local men have taking part in this historic game for over 900 years ,If your born North of the river Henmore then your a Up'ard and south your a Down'ard .Shrovetide player dives for ball has it leaves the hug and in to the river Henmore. Credit: IFIMAGE/Alamy Live News

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Ashbourne,Derbyshire,UK.17th February 2015. The annual two day shrovetide football game got underway today with Stock Photo
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Ashbourne,Derbyshire,UK.17th February 2015. The annual two day shrovetide football game got underway today with Mr Mick Pepper having the honour of ' Turning up the ball' at 14.00pm . Local men have taking part in this historic game for over 900 years ,If your born North of the river Henmore then your a Up'ard and south your a Down'ard .Shrovetide player dives for ball has it leaves the hug and in to the river Henmore. Credit: IFIMAGE/Alamy Live News
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Players battle for ball in the river Henmore during Ashbourne royal shrovetide ancient football game
Location: Ashbourne Derbyshire England UK