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Jethart Hand Ba' Game, Jedburgh, Scotland, UK

Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, UK, 26th February 2015 - The annual game of hand ba’ takes place every year the Thursday after Fastern’s E’en. The ba’ is said to represent an Englishman’s head, and the ribbons his hair, claimed after a battle in which the Scots regained nearby Ferniehirst Castle in 1548. The head was used in a celebratory kickabout. Those born south of the towns Market Cross play for the ‘Uppies’ scoring at the Castle Jail, conversely those born North play for the Doonies, scoring near the River Jed. The knack of the game is to smuggle the ball through team members, through any means possible, there are no rules as such.

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Jethart Hand Ba'
Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, UK, 26th February 2015 - The annual game of hand ba’ takes place every year the Thursday after Fastern’s E’en. The ba’ is said to represent an Englishman’s head, and the ribbons his hair, claimed after a battle in which the Scots regained nearby Ferniehirst Castle in 1548. The head was used in a celebratory kickabout. Those born south of the towns Market Cross play for the ‘Uppies’ scoring at the Castle Jail, conversely those born North play for the Doonies, scoring near the River Jed. The knack of the game is to smuggle the ball through team members, through any means possible, there are no rules as such.