Town brawl begins as Atherstone Ball Game 2018 gets underway
Chaos, excitement and thousands of people are currently flowing through Atherstone as the 819th instalment of the town's Shrovetide ball game gets underway.
Roaring cheers bounded up and down Long Street as iconic brown leather ball was released from Barclays Bank into the crowds below, at exactly 3pm by BBC weather reporter Rebecca Wood.
Scrums started immediately as participants scrambled, battled, barged, pushed and fought to get a touch and a glimpse of the famous object.
With this year’s ball being the first to be made in the town since 1982, competitors now have less than two hours to... read more
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