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King and Queen conker all at conker championships

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 01:14

A new king and queen are crowned champions at the peculiarly British Conker Championships in the UK. Rough Cut - No Reporter Narration

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The World Conker Championships were held in Northamptonshire in the UK on Sunday (October 10) where competitors fought it out to see who would be crowned King and Queen Conker. The championship began in 1965, apparently after a group of local fishermen were forced to abandon an angling match due to bad weather and instead competed in conkers, the large seed of the horse chestnut tree. Organisers said 190 competitors entered this year's event, with many turning up in fancy dress costumes. The game itself, a traditional staple of British school playgrounds, involves swinging a conker threaded to the end of a string at an opponent's own conker to try and smash it. Soaking a conker in vinegar or baking it in an oven can harden it to give a competitor an advantage, but the rules of the World Championships state that no conker can be tampered with. Each player takes three strikes at the opponent's conker, but competitors must be careful not to knot the laces, known as a 'snag', as three instances of this will lead to disqualification. This year 27-year-old local Northamptonshire man Tom Dryden was crowned King Conker and Lorna Clarke was crowned Queen Conker. The championships aim to raise money for blind and visually impaired charities and have managed to garner around £400,000 to date.

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King and Queen conker all at conker championships

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 01:14