Villagers go nuts for conker contest

Sean Caffery, four, takes on  Alan Hughes, 65, in the conker contest at Orlingbury

Sean Caffery, four, takes on Alan Hughes, 65, in the conker contest at Orlingbury

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Competitors gathered in the autumn sunshine, all hoping to be conkering heroes in the nuttiest of contests.

Around 80 children and adults took part in the Orlingbury Unofficial Conker Happening (OUCH) today (Sunday, October 14).

It was the fifth conker contest staged by the OUCH committee which has also held a worm-charming event, a wheelbarrow chase and the Unolympic Games.

Committee chairman Tim Pipkin said: “The idea is to bring the community together and have a good time. If we raise any money it goes to the village church.”

Mr Pipkin gathered 616 conkers from trees in a secret location and committee members spent an evening drilling and threading them with string in time for the competition.

Alan Hughes, 65, of Holcot, faced four-year-old Sean Cafferty, of Kettering, in the first round.

Facing his opponent, who had to stand on a bale of straw, Mr Hughes said: “I don’t think it’s going to be a walkover.”

As well as the competition, there was a conker quiz and refreshments.