In Pictures: Pancake races and unusual ball games mark Shrove Tuesday
A boy chorister of Winchester Cathedral takes part in the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Winchester Cathedral (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A choristers’ pancake race and ball games with a twist were among the events held across the UK to mark Shrove Tuesday.

The Atherstone Ball Game, in Warwickshire, honours a match played between Leicestershire and Warwickshire in 1199, when teams used a bag of gold as a ball.

Players take part in the Atherstone Ball Game in Atherstone, WarwickshirePlayers take part in the Atherstone Ball Game in Warwickshire (Joe Giddens/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Joe Giddens

Players take part in the Atherstone Ball Game in Atherstone, WarwickshireThe game dates back to 1199 (Joe Giddens/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Joe Giddens

Players take part in the Atherstone Ball Game in Atherstone, WarwickshireThe original match was won by Warwickshire (Joe Giddens/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Joe Giddens

In Winchester, choristers in their robes were among those contesting the traditional pancake race.

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Vivian Achwal, takes part in the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Winchester CathedralThe mayor of Winchester, councillor Vivian Achwal, takes part in the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Winchester Cathedral (Andrew Matthews/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Matthews

Runners in fancy dress take part in the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Winchester CathedralRunners in fancy dress also took part (Andrew Matthews/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Matthews

Boy choristers of Winchester Cathedral celebrate after one of their teams wins the Shrove Tuesday pancake race at Winchester CathedralChoristers celebrate after one of their teams won the pancake race (Andrew Matthews/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Matthews

In Derbyshire, the Royal Shrovetide Football Match was held in Ashbourne.

The rough-and-tumble match sees two teams battling to get the ball to goals three miles apart in a relatively lawless rugby/football hybrid that dates back centuries.

Players take part in the Royal Shrovetide Football Match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, which has been played in the town since the 12th centuryPlayers take part in the Royal Shrovetide Football Match in Ashbourne (Jacob King/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Jacob King

Players take part in the Royal Shrovetide Football Match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, which has been played in the town since the 12th centuryThe town has hosted the match for centuries (Jacob King/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Jacob King

Players take part in the Royal Shrovetide Football Match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, which has been played in the town since the 12th centuryThe event remains a competitive affair (Jacob King/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Jacob King

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