World Conker Championships is a family affair

FOXDALE remains the centre of the conker playing world following the World Conker Championships.

Father and son team Stephen and Luke Howarth, from Foxdale, took the senior and junior titles at Braaid Hall on Saturday night.

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The annual competition pulled in a big crowd in its 12th year, with 28 youngsters aged two to 12 in the children's division and 27 big kids in the adults' division, plus family members who came to watch.

Luke, 12, won a nailbiting final match against Megan Glassey, 10, from Santon.

After their conkers survived a two-minute knockout round and a 'best of five' tie-breaker, the pair went in to a sudden death showdown with Megan being the first to miss a shot.

Luke was crowned champion and had his name engraved on the coveted Mary Summerton Cup.

His dad Stephen clinched victory in a last-gasp effort against John Quayle, of Glen Vine.

John cracked his own conker with a ferocious shot before Stephen, seeing his opponent's weakness, used his last swing to smash the damaged nut into pieces.

Marg McGee, a member of the Braaid Young Men's Club committee that organises the event, said some of the children had never played conkers before but everyone had a good time.

She predicted the competition's youngest entrants, two-year-old Kaitlin Druggan and six-year-old William Quaye, could be the conker champions of the future.

The next event at Braaid Hall will be a Hop Tu Naa party on Saturday, November 1, at 7pm, which will include party games and prizes for the best costume and the best pumpkin and turnip lanterns.

There is no charge but everyone is asked to bring food or drink for the party.

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