Shrovetide 2020: What people on social media are saying about the event

Shrovetide 2020: What people are saying on Twitter about the Ashbourne event

Ashbourne market place
The Up’ards gather in the market place in Ashbourne. Credit: Alex Wood

Shrovetide 2020 is nearly upon us. As fans of the game in Ashbourne prepare for the “turning up”, here’s what people are saying on social media about the town’s biggest event of the year.

Residents at Wheathills House care home in Ashbourne have had a go at making their own ball for Shrovetide.

The ball is a big deal within the game, with the design changing every year. Today’s ball represents the “turner up” for that day. The design is a painting of Andrew ‘Cluck’ Lemon and his wife on a country walk with their dog, with his name printed at the bottom.

Mr Lemon has dedicated the ball to his family, with their goals with names and dates printed around the ball. The running club logo, a dog lead and bicycle chain also feature on today’s ball.

Wednesday’s ball is a lot smaller and features the name of Paddy Kerr, the turner up for Wednesday, and makes reference to his military career, the British Legion logo and his family’s coat of arms.

University of Derby students are out in force in Ashbourne today reporting on the event. You can follow the action on our live blog here.