Mass cribbage tournament to celebrate Norfolk Day

Siv Sears who is organising a cribbage tournament for Norfolk Day. He is pictured at Suckling House

Siv Sears who is organising a cribbage tournament for Norfolk Day. He is pictured at Suckling House (Cinema City) where cribbage was invented. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

A cribbage fan is hoping for a large mass gathering of players to celebrate the first ever Norfolk Day.

Norfolk Day Logo

Norfolk Day Logo - Credit: Archant

Langley School teacher Siv Sears wants to bring together five major cribbage leagues from across the county for a Norwich tournament on Friday, July 27.

It will involve the Broadland league, South Norfolk league, Wymondham league, King's Lynn league and Norwich's Anchor and Wensum leagues.

Mr Sears, 40, from Eaton, a committee member of Norwich's Anchor and Wensum cribbage leagues, said: 'I see Norfolk Day as an excuse to bring together these leagues. If you go to other parts of the country it seems likes there is a hotbed of cribbage action in Norfolk.'

But despite that he added: 'None of the groups are talking to each other. So I thought this would be a good idea to reach out.'

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Cribbage was the amalgamation of two Tudor games and inspired the phrases level pegging, streets ahead and left in the lurch.

It is played by two or four people and competitors have two pegs which are moved along a wooden board, depending on the card values.

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The game was invented in the early 1600s by Sir John Suckling, an English courtier, poet, gamester and gambler.

He lived in Suckling House, now known as Cinema City on St Andrew's Street Norwich, where he the game was created.

The Suckling family have historic links to Norwich, were wealthy royalist landowners and were involved in politics.

They had an estate in the Woodton area of Norfolk, and Sir John's grandfather, Robert Suckling, was sheriff and mayor of Norwich in the 1500s.

Mr Sears added: 'Norfolk Day is brilliant. We want to do our bit for banging the drum for Norfolk.

'The tournament is to encourage more people to play and let them know these leagues exist.'

The event will take place between 7.30pm-10.30pm and Mr Sears is appealing for a large enough venue.

If you can help, contact him by emailing

?Let us know your plans for Norfolk Day by emailing, tweeting @norfolk or logging on to the Norfolk Day Facebook group.

Norfolk Day shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials, visit the Norfolk Day shop.

Estimated delivery time is 28 days.

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