The football game takes place annually on Bank Holiday Monday, but this year it was moved
Every August Bank Holiday, thousands of visitors drift in to Bourton-on-the-Water to see the traditional game of Football in the River.
However, the village has had 10,000 plus visitors every single day over the recent weeks due to very warm weather conditions.
So Bourton Rovers Football Club and the local parish council made the decision to change the traditional time to keep it safe and mainly for friends and family.
A first for this world famous event, Bourton was advised to kick the game off early, which saw a kick off as early as 7am and in typical Bourton Rovers fashion, there were never going to be short of club members wanting to play.
The fun side of this event was still evident and put many smiles on locals faces who got up early to support this event.
The traditional referee’s costume was outdone by some of the players, Batman and Robin joining in as well as other superheroes.
A statement on the Bourton Rovers Football Club website said: “For those who visited Bourton this bank holiday Monday expecting the game to go ahead at it’s usual time of 4pm we are sorry that you missed us this year.
“Covid guidelines had to be followed as you well expect but will be back next year at our normal time. However, we captured most of the action for you and wanted you to see all the action from todays Football in the River.”
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Anthony Paul who does the photography for Bourton Rovers said that the game was “very local” and that due to the quiet time of the morning it meant that the event was a really special affair for friends and family of the players who turned out to watch the fun.
For all the pictures from this morning’s game from Anthony, click here to view.