ST IVES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Participants jump to catch the ball at the start of Hurling the Silver Ball, one of the highlights of St Ives Feast Day on February 7, 2011 in St Ives, England. The ... more 
ST IVES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Participants jump to catch the ball at the start of Hurling the Silver Ball, one of the highlights of St Ives Feast Day on February 7, 2011 in St Ives, England. The game - originally played by the men of the town but now mainly played by teenagers and which is thought to date back at least a thousand years - forms an essential part of St Ives Feast, which takes place on the first Monday after February 3rd to celebrate the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434. The game starts when the silver ball is thrown from the wall of the Parish Church by the Mayor to the crowd below on the beach. The ball is passed and the person still in possession of the ball at noon and takes it the Guildhall to receive the traditional reward of five shillings. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) less 
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