SCHOOL pupils in Ashbourne have been learning about the importance of protecting the tradtion of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide.
Players of the game, including former goal scorers, have been visiting Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School to show off their leathers and answer questions from pupils in a series of special assemblies.
Over four days, the Green Road school’s four houses, Boothby, Hull, Spalden and Cokayne, gathered in the main hall to hear from Shrovetiders on what the game means to them and why they feel the next generations should be protecting it.
Stories of missed goals, successful breaks and Shrovetide dramas were shared with the pupils, who represented all year groups and will be allowed two days off this year to watch the game.
Meanwhile, ball painters Tim Baker and Simon Hellaby have been visiting primary schools in the area spreading the message of safety during Shrovetide and showing off the freshly-painted balls, which will go on public display at CW Sellors in Victoria Square.