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One hundred players enter this year’s Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships at Long Clawson




Winners and runners-up of the 2015 Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships EMN-151019-093852001
Winners and runners-up of the 2015 Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships EMN-151019-093852001

Around 100 people entered the 32nd annual Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships at Long Clawson on Sunday.

Steve Tunnicliffe became one of the few people to win the men’s title twice when he conkered Steve Boles in a dramatic final.

Concentration on the face of Ladies' Champion Lynn Burnett EMN-151019-093412001
Concentration on the face of Ladies' Champion Lynn Burnett EMN-151019-093412001

Lynn Burnett took the honours in the ladies’ competition and there was also highly contested junior contests for the crowd to enjoy.

The event took place once more at The Pingle, next to the Crown and Plough pub.

Bryan Lovegrove, one of the organisers, said: “It continues to be popular because playing conkers is a quirky side of the English nature, a bit like bottle kicking and swamp diving.

“People enjoy being involved in something which is seen as a child’s game but which has rules and gets very serious when the semi-finals and finals come around.”

Steve Tunnicliffe conquers a devastated Steve Boles in the men's final EMN-151019-093646001
Steve Tunnicliffe conquers a devastated Steve Boles in the men's final EMN-151019-093646001

The day was autumnally fresh but it stayed dry and there were entrants from across the country as well as the Melton and Vale areas.

Mr Lovegrove said the committee was looking at ways of developing the event.

He added: “We have a meeting coming up and we will look at ways of building it up for the future with other attractions as well as the conkers.”



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