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University students have been given a five-point guide to prevent the spread of illness in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Some universities in the...
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Derbyshire's Derwent Valley is recognised world-wide as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The innovative waterwheels which powered silk and cotton mills along this idyllic...

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Blog: How Shrovetide 2020 changed my view of the game and myself

Once a year, tales of broken limbs and bloodied faces filtered down into the quiet town where I grew up. They spoke of nearby Ashbourne...
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The story behind the last-minute Down’ards goal at Shrovetide 2020

There was a dramatic conclusion to this year’s annual Shrovetide event – as the Down’ards snatched a last-minute equaliser to deny the Up’ards a...

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Every year, the young, old and canine flock to Ashbourne for its giant medieval football game between the up'ards and the down'ards. Despite bitterly cold...

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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2020: Match unlikely to be cancelled due to weather

Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide officials have said they are determined to play on despite weather warnings. Members of the players’ committee will meet to discuss safety...
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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2020: Up’ards slight favourites to win football game

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide football is set to return for 2020, reigniting the rivalry between the North and South of the town. The game starts at...
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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2020: what to wear to prepare yourself for bad weather

In the midst of Storm Ellen, the town of Ashbourne is preparing for one of the world's most unusual football games - Ashbourne Royal...

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