The came, they saw, they conkered . . .

Conker Championship in association with West Suffolk Cambra at the Fox and Hound in Thurston''Pictured: Ross Aitchenson (9) who was last years finalist

Conker Championship in association with West Suffolk Cambra at the Fox and Hound in Thurston''Pictured: Ross Aitchenson (9) who was last years finalist

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CONKER fans flocked to the Fox and Hounds in Thurston at the weekend for the fourth annual Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) conker championships.

More than 70 people entered the competition on Sunday, each paying a £1 for a conker.

Conker Championship in association with West Suffolk Cambra at the Fox and Hound in Thurston''Pictured: Haydn Lyons (16) v Kevin Waterson (Chaiman of West Suffolk Camra) and Lisa Butcher v Tom Edgar (9)

Conker Championship in association with West Suffolk Cambra at the Fox and Hound in Thurston''Pictured: Haydn Lyons (16) v Kevin Waterson (Chaiman of West Suffolk Camra) and Lisa Butcher v Tom Edgar (9)

Dave Edgar, from Great Barton, was crowned the champion after a hard fought contest and will have his name engraved on the new Camra conker championship shield introduced this year.

The event raised £105 for the Sarah Applin Trust.

Landlord Bernie Ruffles said: “This is the fourth year we have held the event organised by West Suffolk Camra.

“The kids loved it and so did the parents – it was a great afternoon. We play the old school rules – three strikes each and whoever’s conker is still standing wins.

Conker Championship in association with West Suffolk Cambra at the Fox and Hound in Thurston''Pictured: Steve Cowper v David Edgar

Conker Championship in association with West Suffolk Cambra at the Fox and Hound in Thurston''Pictured: Steve Cowper v David Edgar

“You are not allowed to bring your own conkers, we don’t want people tampering with them, so charged £1 a conker.

“We didn’t have any problems with health and safety, if they came along I’m sure we would all have had to wear goggles and gloves.

“The weather was fantastic – as conkers is traditionally a winter sport and is usually played under a grey sky it was great to get some sun.”