In pictures: Uppies battle the Doonies in Jedburgh's ba' game

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Participants took to the streets of Jedburgh on Thursday for its traditional annual ba' game.

It is one of a number of towns in the Scottish Borders to stage such events.

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The ba' game in Jedburgh is reckoned to date back to the 1700s
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Two teams - the Uppies and the Doonies - do battle for the small leather ball
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The teams represent those living to the north and south of the town's Mercat Cross
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The boys' or callants' game takes place before the men's game later in the day
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The aim of the game is to carry a leather ball to a "goal" at either end of the town
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The Uppies try to take the ball towards the town's castle and the Doonies try to carry it towards the Jedwater
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The games often run on late into the evening racing to and fro through the heart of the town

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