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Pictured is a traditional Ashbourne event, Shrovetide football. Every year, on the afternoon of Shrove Tuesday, a football game best described as a friendly war kicks off in Ashbourne. With goals three miles apart, teams of unlimited size, and the river as part of the pitch, scoring is a rare event. It is thought the game was originally played as part of pagan rituals which welcomed back the sun after the winter solstice, or celebrated the return of spring. This view is part of a collection that was presented to the library at the closure of the Nestle factory.