South Scotland

In pictures: Jedburgh ba' game

The annual hand ba' game took place in Jedburgh on Thursday - one of a number of Scottish Borders towns to stage such events on their streets.

Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The game sees two teams - the Uppies and the Doonies - battle for possession of a small leather ball.
Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The boys' or callants' game takes place before the men's game later in the day
Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The teams represent those living to the north and south of the town's Mercat Cross
Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The aim of the game is to carry a leather ball to a "goal" at either end of the town
Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The Uppies try to take the ball towards the town's castle and the Doonies try to carry it towards the Jedwater
Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption Injuries are not uncommon as the two sides fight for possession
Jedburgh ba' game Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption Many Borders towns play a version of the game with the event in Jedburgh held on the Thursday after Shrove Tuesday

All images by Dougie Johnston.