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Hallaton's Bottle Kicking 'Bottles'

The spectacle of Bottle Kicking happens every Easter Monday. It is a contest between the neighbouring villages of Hallaton and Medbourne involving three small barrels known as bottles. Two of the bottles are traditionally-made wooden casks of ale, bound with iron bands. The other, called the dummy, is made of solid wood and was introduced in recent times (about 150 years ago) to ensure the contest…