Conkers battle proves a smash hit at popular pub

The Waveney Conker Tournament in Beccles, held at The Lock Inn.

The Waveney Conker Tournament in Beccles, held at The Lock Inn. - Credit: Archant

The pride of the Waveney Valley was at stake as the unofficial biggest conker championships in the world was fiercely contested.

Twins Tom and Sam Oldman aged 14 at The Waveney Conker Tournament in Beccles, held at The Lock Inn.

Twins Tom and Sam Oldman aged 14 at The Waveney Conker Tournament in Beccles, held at The Lock Inn. - Credit: Archant

A popular rural pub on the banks of the River Waveney hosted the 10th annual Waveney Valley conkers tournament yesterday (Sunday).

More than 50 people battled it out as the traditional playground game attracted numerous and spectators to the Locks Inn in Geldeston.

With the conkers ripe and the strings cut to length, a smashing time was had by all – as children and fun-loving adults took part in the annual battle.

With winners eventually emerging in the junior tournament and adult section, the crowds of about 250 people cheered and laughed as competitors of all ages attempted to strike their opponent's conker. Local poet Yanny Mac hosted the tournament along with comedian Patrick Lappin, who refereed the contests. Mr Mac said: 'It had gone exceptionally well once more. The weather held and apart from a bit of rain, it did not dampen spirits.'


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The senior final was contested by Mel Jones and the skipper of the Big Dog Ferry, Matthew Ife, with Mr Ife triumphing. Mr Jones however later received a long service award. The junior contest was won by Evie, a new competitor this year, who beat Dan in the final.

There was even a prize for the best dressed conker on the day – which went to Ophelia, for her Planet of the Conkers themed display – and live music from Owl and Wolves.

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