Go nuts at Vale of Belvoir conker event

Participants of all ages got into the swing at the Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships EMN-141021-132329001

Participants of all ages got into the swing at the Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships EMN-141021-132329001

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Conker fans will be looking forward to the smashing return of the Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships in Long Clawson on Sunday.

The tournament now in its 32nd year will be held on the Pingle play area, which is next to the Crown and Plough, in the centre of the village. It is available for competitors of all ages to take part.

'Prince Conker' Robin Bailey concentrates on his shot EMN-141021-132004001

'Prince Conker' Robin Bailey concentrates on his shot EMN-141021-132004001

The event is organised and run by a team of volunteers and all proceeds go to the running and upkeep of the Village Hall.

Registration is from 11am with the competition starting at 12noon. There will be sections for males, females, under 11s and under 17s with prizes for each category.

Proceeds from the championship last year totalled £600 and were donated to local charities. Around 100 players from far and wide took part with eight previous men’s and three previous women’s champions battling it out to be crowned winners.

Organiser Bryan Lovegrove said: “All the conkers are supplied to prevent prebaking or soaking them in vinegar.

“This year has seen a bumper harvest which bodes well for the competition.

“We have a list of rules, a group of judges and the chief judge is Prince Conker (aka Robin Bailey).

“The championships are always fun but serious as well. In previous years there have been competitors participating from the USA.”