Bottle-kicking in Hallaton, 1968.

Bottle-kicking in Hallaton, 1968.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


A photograph of players fighting for possession of the 'bottle' during the bottle-kicking and hare pie scramble in Hallaton, Leicestershire, in 1968. This unusual custom takes place in Hallaton every Easter Monday. First, pieces of a pie (traditionally hare, but now beef) are 'scrambled' for by the crowd. This is followed by the 'bottle-kicking' in which the villagers of Hallaton and neighbouring Medbourne compete to get three casks (one empty, two filled with beer) over the brook which marks the boundary between their parishes.

© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library

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