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Posted By: GUEST,chris cole
08-Mar-11 - 05:48 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
We live near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, scene of the famous "football" game. Surely, this is one of the oldest Shrovetide celebrations in the UK and the first recorded instance was in 1400. It is often cited as the source of the term "local derby" as the game is contested by the "uppards" and "downards", who live either side of the Henmore brook, which runs through the town.