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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Clovelly residents celebrate Shrove Tuesday with 'Lentsherd' tradition

By NDJPhilippa  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

  • The cans being swung before being thrown into the sea as part of the Lentsherd tradition in Clovelly

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FOR people in Clovelly Shrove Tuesday doesn't just signal making pancakes it is also the time for all the evil spirits to be driven out of the village.

The longstanding tradition, which people believe is centuries old, is known at Lentsherd.

It sees the children gathering any metal objects they can such as tin cans and biscuit tins and running with them through the streets down to the harbour.

The metal objects are then all tied together and tossed into the sea hopefully taking the evil spirits with them.

This year the event held on Tuesday evening was no different.

Ellie Jarvis, 33, who was involved in the event, said all ages attended including an 11-week-old baby and 80-year-olds.

She added: “More than 20 children took part in the unique tradition, with many supporting adults helping the children drag their cans safely to the harbour.

“As the children clattered down the cobbled street, the noise was incredible.”

Maggie Dorey, 10, who took part said: “I sprinted down the cobbly road whilst my dad was as slow as a snail.”

Sonny Jarvis, 4, added: “I ran down the cobbles with my Grandad, as fast as lightning.”

Sharon King added: “I have lived in Clovelly for 23 years and I am thrilled to be supporting my grandchildren as they take part in this wonderful tradition, just as my children did and generations of Clovellians before them.”

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