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Bottle Kicking
Bottle Kicking

Bottle Kicking 1961

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Bottle Kicking 1961

3 mins United Kingdom

Easter Monday celebrations in Hallaton begin with a church parade and a blessing of a hare pie by the local vicar. Only then does the more energetic part of the day begin: a village bottle kick. Small barrels are used as Hallaton villagers and local rivals Medbourne battle it out to try to cross opposing streams that are a mile apart. The winners celebrate their bruising encounter with beer and a climb to the top of the village Buttercross.

Records exist of the Hallaton bottle kicking taking place in the seventeenth century however, as with many such village customs, it is likely to stretch back far into history. Local legend suggests a hare diverting a charging bull from injuring two Hallaton women may have been an inspiration.

The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.

Genres

News Non-Fiction

Tags

Social customs

Released

1961

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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