Royal Shrovetide Football: Ashbourne match begins
A brutal game of football that sees two sides battle it out to score at opposing ends of a town has begun.
The Royal Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, sees the Up'Ards and Down'Ards attempt to move a ball to posts at two ends of the town.
The ancient and bruising event began following the "turning up" ceremony at 14:00 GMT on Shrove Tuesday and is due to finish on Wednesday.
The Down'Ards emerged victorious following a 1-0 victory in March 2019.
Thousands of people take part in the match with many heading to Ashbourne to watch the mayhem.
The town carefully prepares for the annual event by boarding up shops and cafes to avoid people clattering into glass windows.
Guest of honour Andrew Lemon threw the elaborately painted ball into the crowd, on Tuesday, commencing the start of the match.
Patrick Kerr is due to do the same on Wednesday.
Prince Charles and the late Nottingham Forest and Derby County football manager Brian Clough are among the famous names chosen to "turn up" the ball in previous years.
The two teams will battle it out across fields, streets, car parks and waterways late into the evening as they aim to "goal" the ball against millstones about three miles apart.