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  • Short Summary

    Practically the whole town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire takes part in a traditional football match through the streets. Chaos ensues as there are no rules.

  • Description

    Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

    M/S of lots of people crowded together in a field, a man throws the football into the crowd and they all run after it. L/S of them fighting for the ball, various shots as they run across fields and into the river.

    Intertitle - 'shopkeepers take no chances at Chester-le-Street.' M/S of a man holding the ball on a balcony, people are trying to climb up the sides of the shops to get it, he throws it back into the crowd. L/S aerial view as they run around the streets.

    Title here - Shrovetide football. Whole town takes part in game which has no rules and whose origin is lost in mists of our ancient history. Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

    L/S as the game continues with the whole town running madly across the grass Various shots of boys in the river throwing the ball to each other.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:59:00 / 01:23:52:00
    G 1581

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