Earls Barton man takes world conker crown

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships 
Winner Tom Dryden
Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-195132009
Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships Winner Tom Dryden Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-195132009

An Earls Barton man was crowned the world’s best at conkers yesterday (Sunday).

Tom Dryden took the title at the event in Southwick, near Oundle, which attracted almost 200 competitors.

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships 

Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-195055009

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-195055009

Entrants came from across the globe, with teams from Japan, Russia and America competing to take it in turns to try to smash each other’s conkers from a piece of string.

The event has raised more than £400,000 for charities for the blind and visually impaired since it was first held in 1965.

Oxford’s Lorna Clarke took the women’s title.

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships Intermediate competition final 
l-r Job Russon, 11,(from Bletsoe) beaten by best friend Josh Broomhead,11,  (from Sharnbrook)
Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-194901009

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships Intermediate competition final l-r Job Russon, 11,(from Bletsoe) beaten by best friend Josh Broomhead,11, (from Sharnbrook) Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-194901009

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships 

Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-194522009

Conker Championships: Southwick: World Conker Championships Sunday October 9 2016 NNL-160910-194522009