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Town brawl begins as Atherstone Ball Game 2018 gets underway

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Chaos, excitement and thousands of people are currently flowing through Atherstone as the 819th instalment of the town's Shrovetide ball game gets underway. Roaring cheers bounded up and down Long Street as iconic brown leather ball was released from Barclays Bank into the crowds below, at exactly 3pm by BBC weather reporter Rebecca Wood.

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