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White Horse Hill gets rechalked

The age-old tradition of “scouring” (read: rechalking) one of Britain’s most mysterious ancient monuments has been revived.

For centuries locals used to clamber up White Horse hill near the village of Uffington in Oxfordshire, freshen up the prancing creature carved into the chalky slopes and enjoy folk music, games and one or two glasses of something refreshing.

The event, which included horse racing and chasing a round of cheese down the steep slopes, was halted in 1857 after about 30,000 people who turned up became just a bit too rowdy. But the National Trust charity, which has managed the hill for the past 30 years, decided the time was right to revive the tradition.

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