A TRADITIONAL childhood game was revived on Sunday as regulars at The Reform Inn, Pilton geared up for the pub’s annual conker championships.
There was a bumper turnout for this year’s event which is now in its tenth year. Around 28 people gathered to help raise cash for the Pilton Festival.
Landlady Esther Davies said the idea for the conker competition came from a chat at the bar.
She said: “It is quirky and different. People can get quite competitive. The person who goes through with their conker still intact wins.”
People are not allowed to bring in their own conkers, instead Tim Webster owner of Barum Brewery provided them from his garden.
Jay Smith, 44, from Pilton scooped the trophy twice before and took part in Sunday’s event in a bid to reclaim his title.
He said: “I didn’t win it last year, I thought it was fair to let someone else win.
“It is great for the community, a nice family event. A great event for a great pub.
“It gets competitive, there is lots of banter. Everyone wants to win.”
Terry Hatton, 81, lives in Pilton and has been a regular at the pub for 15 years.
He said a game like conkers are a typically English tradition. He said: “I think traditions are very important and it is a very social event.”
Father and son, Rob and Charlie Veale took part this year. Rob, 41, said: “The competition is a bit of fun.
“We used to play conkers at school. It is nice to keep the traditional games going.”
Esther said around £50 was collected from the event.