ASHBOURNE’S younger generations have been learning the importance of protecting and respecting Shrovetide, during a special series of assemblies.
Pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School gathered in the Green Road School’s main hall over four mornings last week to sit and listen to Shrovetide players and goal scorers who talked the youngsters through the importance of the game.
The assemblies saw the pupils grouped together in houses, as part of the school’s on-going drive to bring back the house system to all pupils.
Houses at QEGS consist of Cokayne, Boothby, Spalden and Hull and house leaders have been nominated and chosen from different year groups.
Ties will also be produced this year featuring a new design and hinting towards each house’s respective colours.
During Thursday’s assembly, which the News Telegraph was invited to come and watch, Shrovetiders Darren Waring, Kevin Clarke and John Ford spoke at the assembly and passed their leathers round the audience, which was made up of Cokayne pupils.
After watching a section of a video made by journalist and former QEGS pupil Charlotte Mann, called the Spirit of Shrovetide, Mr Clarke explained: “Shrovetide is a game for the town, it’s to be enjoyed by all of us, but we must be mindful of the rules.
“Police and marshals are there for the good of the game and you must follow what they tell you to do.”
Mr Waring then explained the rules of the game and remarked on the origins of the term ‘local Derby’ which originated from the city’s mass football game.
Pupils have also been given the opportunity, in the run-up to the match on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, to have their picture taken with a Shrovetide ball, lent to the school by Nick Fearn.