Tough competition to crak at Fenland conker championships

Line up of this year's winners and runners up of conker championship staged by Wisbech Lions Club. ANL-141013-160036001
Line up of this year's winners and runners up of conker championship staged by Wisbech Lions Club. ANL-141013-160036001
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Wisbech and Fenland Conker Championships organised by Wisbech Lions Club attracted teams from far and wide.

Competition was fierce with over sixty competitors taking part and another dozen or so cheerleaders, from Littleport, Peterborough, Lynn, Wisbech, March and Whittlesey Lions Clubs taking part as well as non-Lion teams from local Glennfield Care Home and scholars from Wisbech Grammar School.

Former World Champion Ady Hurrell and family were there and always attend this charitable function.

Lion President Ray Hill, of Wisbech, got the competition started and then briskly whittled down the competitors until just semi-finalists brought the supper break.

Lynn Lions Club were the surprise of the night with Mike Hadfield and John Clark showing they had great potential. They eventually became one of the team winners.

Non-Lion team winners were the scholars, a young crew from the Wisbech Grammar School. Pupil Maddie Booth had already shown great interest and was helping Wisbech Lions Club.

Ladies finalists were Yvonne Eatock, of March Lions Club, versus Saffron Booth, of Wisbech. Saffron eventually took the title and surprised everyone including herself. She said she had not practised at all.

The men’s competition is always a fierce fight with Lion Bill Batrick of Wisbech Club and last year’s Champion coming up against District Governor Lion Kevin, who has never won anything yet. Bill became champion for the second successive year.

It was a night of much fun and laughter and funds raised to help underprivileged local children to go to the pantomime this Christmas.