Bonkers for conkers. The 15th annual conker championship is held at Wisbech

Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships

Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships - Credit: Archant

The traditional game of conkers was celebrated in the 15th Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships.

Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships

Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships - Credit: Archant

Organised by Wisbech Lions Clubs more than ninety people attended with guests and competitors coming from Great Yarmouth and Beccles as well as closer to home.

Lions Clubs from the across the region enjoyed the banter and competition with towns competing from Wisbech, Hunstanton, Kings Lynn, March, Whittlesey, Peterborough and Downham Market.

Former world champ Ady Hurrell from Whittlesey and his brother Maurice, six times Scottish Champion, all the way from Falkirk were there to show their usual support.

Early rounds were fast, as stragglers were eliminated.

Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships

Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships - Credit: Archant


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Organiser Kevin Rodgers was quickly eliminated having lasted only two rounds.

By the time the quarter finals arrived each remaining competitor looked confident and rested while a hot supper was taken.

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Ladies semi-finals were between Helen Moger from March and Isobel Pope from Peterborough and then Saffron Booth from Wisbech against Ruth Martin from March.

It was Isobel and Ruth who succeeded and those two fought a long and tense final with young Isobel eventually becoming champion.

Over to the men where Stewart Pettit from Whittlesey competed against Andrew Clark from Kings Lynn and then James Landeryou from Glenfield Care Home team battled against Chris Holt from Hunstanton.

A final between Andrew and Chris ended the evening with Lion Chris Holt becoming mens champion, a repeat of his triumph of three years ago.

Team winners were from Glenfield and Hunstanton and a special trophy for Great Yarmouth who travelled eighty miles only to find they had not bothered the scorers.

The proceeds of the evening were presented to ABC Pre-school of Tydd St Giles for new play and safety equipment.

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