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Eccentric Suffolk sport on TV

PUBLISHED: 17:03 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 07:34 01 August 2010

A NEW television series, following two comedians in a campervan as they take part in eccentric British sports, begins on Wednesday, with the age old Norfolk and Suffolk dwile flonking championships.

A NEW television series, following two comedians in a campervan as they take part in eccentric British sports, begins on Wednesday, with the age old Norfolk and Suffolk dwile flonking championships.

Rory McGrath, famed for his regular spots on They Think Its All Over and Paddy McGuinness star of Phoenix Nights, brought their film crew down to the Racehorse pub in Westhall last month, as teams from Beccles and Halesworth met to take part in the annual competition.

The famous local sport will feature alongside shin kicking and cheese rolling during the first of a four-part series called Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure, made by Channel Five.

And word on the grapevine is that after visiting 32 different unusual sporting activities around the country, Dwile Flonking was Rory's personal favourite.

He told a national newspaper last week: “The best bit for me was beating Paddy at the dwile flonking - putting a floor cloth soaked in beer on the end of a stick and flicking it at your opponent.

“Paddy's forfeit was to drink the beer out of the bucket we used which also contained grass and dirt. He's not a beer man so he poured it over his head instead!”

Dwile flonking was discovered on a piece of parchment called Ye Olde Book of Suffolk Harvest Rituals in a Bungay attic in 1966. The game was revived by local pub goers who compete for the gazunder trophy, a pewter chamber pot so called because it goes under the bed.

Andrew Leverett, was one of four original 1966 dwile flonkers, who took part in the filming said he was really looking forward to seeing the finished result.

Known in dwile flonking circles as Smiler, he said: “I'd like to see as many as possible of the 1966 team watch the programme, so I want to make them aware it is on.

“I'd always watched Rory on They Think It's All Over and by the end of the day, you felt like you had known him all your life. “They started filming at 7am in the morning and left around 7.30pm at night. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the finished result.”

Channel Five have also agreed to donate £200 to the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure is on Channel Five on Wednesday at 9pm.

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