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Hand Ba Jedburgh - Jedburgh, Scotland, UK - 5th March 2009.
THE townsfolk of Jedburgh squared up to each other today for the annual Jethard HandBa'. The traditional ball game, which has been played in the Border town for 250 years, pits the Uppies (residents of the higher part of Jedburgh) against the Doonies (residents from the bottom half of the town). The game uses a leather ball stuffed with straw and decorated with ribbons. It is then thrown into the group of men which gather together in a scrum and then manhandle it through the streets. The aim of the game is to "hail" the ball to the respective side of the town. For the Uppies it is the castle and for the Doonies it is the Jedwater.
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