High winds foil conker championship
Published 07/10/2011 | 13:32
This year's World Conker Championships have been cancelled because setting up the event would "simply be too dangerous", organisers said.
The annual competition was due to go ahead on Sunday but will not take place this year because recent high winds have made it impossible to set up the conker playing area and marquees.
A statement on the Ashton Conker Club's website said: "It's with great sadness that we have therefore decided to cancel this year's event.
"It would simply be too dangerous to try to proceed.
"Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. We will be in touch with all competitors to discuss the 2012 World Conker Championships."
The event usually takes place on the second Sunday in October every year at New Lodge Fields in the market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire, and has been running since 1965.
Competitors play on eight white podiums in the playing arena and go through rounds until the winner emerges and is led to the Conker Throne and crowned with conkers.