Bill is the pride of Wisbech Lions as he becomes the 2014 conker hero

Conker championships.

Conker championships. - Credit: Archant

Competition was fierce at the annual Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships organised by Wisbech Lions Club.

Conker championships. Ladies finalists were Yvonne Eatock of March Lions Club versus Saffron Booth,

Conker championships. Ladies finalists were Yvonne Eatock of March Lions Club versus Saffron Booth, of Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

Teams came from as far afield as Whittlesey, King’s Lynn and Littleport to prove they had the perfect technique and the hardest conkers to be the best.

There were over 60 competitors in all both from other Lions Clubs as well as other organisations including schools and even a Wisbech care home at the event, held on Friday (october 10).

Former World Champion Ady Hurrell and family were once again present to cheer on the competitors.

Lion President Ray Hill of Wisbech got the competition started.


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King’s Lynn Lions Club were the surprise entrants of the night with Mike Hadfield and John Clark showing they had great potential and eventually becoming one of the winning teams.

Non-Lions team winners were The Scholars, a young crew from the Wisbech Grammar School.

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Ladies’ finalists were: Yvonne Eatock of March Lions Club versus Saffron Booth, of Wisbech.

Saffron eventually took the title and surprised everyone including herself claiming she hadn’t even practiced before the night.

The men’s competition is always a fierce fight with Lion Bill Batrick of Wisbech Club and last year’s Champion coming up against District Governor Lion Kevin Rodgers.

Kevin once again failed to break his long losing streak and Bill became Champion for the second successive year.

A great night with much fun and laughter and funds raised to help underprivileged local children to go to the pantomime this Christmas.

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