Can-wielding kids see off evil spirits
FOR people in Clovelly Shrove Tuesday does not just signal making pancakes, it is also the time for all the evil spirits to be driven out of the village.
The long-standing tradition, which people believe is centuries old, is known as Lentsherd.
The children of the village gather any metal objects they can, such as tin cans and biscuit tins, and run 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.
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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 while 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."
Visit www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk to see a video of the event.