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Roll of honour beckons for all-conkering champions at Tatton Park
A NEW conker competition takes place at Tatton Park next week as half-term gets into full swing.
The Tatton Park Conker Championships will be held at Home Farm for the first time and Jayne Chapman, farm manager and the event’s president, is inviting participants to dig out their old conkers and come along to the event.
It will take place every day until November 3 and competitors will have the opportunity to take part in one of two classes.
The new conker class is open to novices keen to have a go, and the seasoned conker class is recommended for those with some conker playing experience who will be asked to bring their own seasoned conkers which must be pre-strung.
Conkers are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree, which was introduced to Britain in the 1600s and originates from Greece and Albania.
The first recorded game of conkers was in 1848 on the Isle of Wight. Before then snail shells were used and referred to as conkers – possibly the origin of the name conker from the French word for conch – conque.
Jayne said: “We are very excited about this tournament and feel sure it will resonate with many people.
“We’re continually looking for ideas to get people out in the fresh air, enjoying the natural outdoors and having lots of fun.
“Our conker championship will do all of these and will no doubt entertain those who come along to spectate.”
The conker fun begins at 11.30am, when competitors will get the chance to choose their conker and make it individual using paints and stickers to create designs before the first competition at 1.30pm.
Each game will last five minutes. If neither conker has broken a shoot-out will take place.
Each player has three sets of three hits and the one who lands most clean hits is the winner.
Each day’s winners will be presented with a small prize and the opportunity to be crowned 2013 Tatton Park conker champion and become the first entry on the conker roll of honour.
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