No stampsies! Conkers tournament returns with capacity crowd

Brothers Rowan, eight, left, and Archie Walker, 11, battle with conkers in the annual Waveney Valley

Brothers Rowan, eight, left, and Archie Walker, 11, battle with conkers in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

It was conkers at dawn at a community pub as contestants fought it out to be champion of a returning competition.

The Waveney Valley Conkers Tournament returned with a capacity crowd after a two-year hiatus.

Visitors to the Locks Inn Community Pub, in Geldeston, on Sunday watched Martin 'The Tickler' Smith retain his title in the adults competition, seeing off competition from twice-champion Josiah 'The Bean' Meldrum along the way.

Loddon Dwile Flonking captain Louisa Yallop was runner-up while, in the juniors competition, debutant Monty the Bear claimed the crown in a thrilling final with Archie Walker.

Three-year-old Rima Powys Wilkinson from Bergh Apton, taking on opponents in the annual Waveney Vall

Three-year-old Rima Powys Wilkinson from Bergh Apton, taking on opponents in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Three-year-old Rima Wilkinson almost caused an upset in the competition.


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Iggi Pollock's immersive and interactive 'Conker Sounds' claimed the Best Dressed Conker award, with Toni Cairns in second place with Conkers Inc.

Organiser Yanny Mac said: "It's fantastic to see so many folk outdoors enjoying the sunshine and exercise.

Archie Walker, 11, prepares his game face for his coming conkers battle at the annual Waveney Valley

Archie Walker, 11, prepares his game face for his coming conkers battle at the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

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"Apart from the odd snag, a rogue stampsie and some very unsteady nuts, the tournament was played out honourably."

The event raised more than £60 for the new Beccles Community Hub in Blyburgate.

Judge Alison Treacy refereeing a conkers battle between Grace Dynan, 11, left, and her sister, Alice

Judge Alison Treacy refereeing a conkers battle between Grace Dynan, 11, left, and her sister, Alice eight, in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Organiser Yanny Mac at the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. Pictur

Organiser Yanny Mac at the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Organiser Yanny Mac at the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. Pictur

Organiser Yanny Mac at the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Three-year-old Rima Powys Wilkinson from Bergh Apton, taking on opponents in the annual Waveney Vall

Three-year-old Rima Powys Wilkinson from Bergh Apton, taking on opponents in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Three-year-old Rima Powys Wilkinson from Bergh Apton, taking on opponents in the annual Waveney Vall

Three-year-old Rima Powys Wilkinson from Bergh Apton, taking on opponents in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Brothers Rowan, eight, left, and Archie Walker, 11, battle with conkers in the annual Waveney Valley

Brothers Rowan, eight, left, and Archie Walker, 11, battle with conkers in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Brothers Rowan, eight, left, and Archie Walker, 11, battle with conkers in the annual Waveney Valley

Brothers Rowan, eight, left, and Archie Walker, 11, battle with conkers in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Judge Alison Treacy refereeing a conkers battle between Grace Dynan, 11, left, and her sister, Alice

Judge Alison Treacy refereeing a conkers battle between Grace Dynan, 11, left, and her sister, Alice eight, in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Judge Alison Treacy refereeing a conkers battle in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at

Judge Alison Treacy refereeing a conkers battle in the annual Waveney Valley Conkers Competition at Locks Inn, Geldeston. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021


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