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Memory Lane

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

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THIS week we look back on Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide as it looked nearly 100 years ago.

Thanks to David Bates, from the well-known family baking company in Ashbourne, we have a picture of Shrovetide action in, Mr Bates believes, the 1920s.

He also assumes the river play was captured in the Henmore, around Shaw Croft, long before it was culverted and made into a car park and shopping complex.

His grandfather Bill Knight, an Ashbourne builder, can be seen on the far left of the hug, looking out. Mr Knight went on to turn up a second ball in 1973 but never managed a goal.

Anyone with any more information about this picture is welcome to contact the News Telegraph on 01335 342847.

PLEASE feel free to share your Shrovetide memories with us. Especially now the countdown has begun to this year’s game, we’d love to print more photographs of Shrovetide action from any decade. Email pictures to editorial@ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk or bring them into our office where they can be scanned in and handed straight back to you.

OUR second picture this week is an old scene of members of Ashbourne Camera Club. It was kindly lent to us by former member Chris Naylor.

Mr Naylor now lives in Mickleover but he has fond memories of his time with the club which back in the mid-1960s when the picture was taken, was based in Town Hall Yard.

Do you recognise the people in the picture? Let us know.

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