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Bonkers for conkers as World Championships take place despite the weather

Players travel great distances to take part in the World Conker Championships Credit: ITV News Anglia

Today's persistent rain wasn't enough to put off those heading to this year's annual World Conker Championships in Northamptonshire.

All but a handful of the expected 200 entrants turned up to the village of Southwick for the event, even if the number of spectators was down because of the weather.

Rules are strictly enforced and players come from all over the country and beyond.

Over the years the championships have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities for the visually impaired.

The World Conker Championships in Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

"All children, when they're young like to play conkers and they get all grown up and they want to play and of course we've got the junior championships as well. Where can a child of 7, 8 or 10 go into a competition and be a world champion."

– Richard Howard, Umpire

Crowds line the streets for Ely Potato race

One of the Ely Potato races taking place in the High Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The city of Ely has been hosting a unique world sporting championship.

Competitors, including two pantomime characters have been taking part in the world's only street potato racing event.

Those taking part have to run carrying either a 20kg or 10kg bag of potatoes.

It's part of efforts to show the journey the potato makes from the field to the frier.

Last year the event raised around £2,000 for local schools and charities with hundreds of people lining the streets to watch the action.

Competitors taking part in the Ely Potato Race in the High Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Basically it's an endurance event where people race from one end of the high street to the other with 20kg of potatoes. It is fun, but more and more over the years it has become very competitive. It's a celebration of the potato and it's the harvest festival here in Ely this weekend and it's to celebrate the crop of the potatoes, it's very important."

– Austen Dack, Marketing Manager Isle of Ely Produce


Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer: They'll always be The Young Ones

Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer are starring in their own stage sci-fi comedy Vulcan 7. Credit: Nobby Clark

They found fame in the groundbreaking eighties sitcom The Young One - now Nigel Planer and Adrian Edmondson are starring in their own sci-fi comedy Vulcan 7.

The stage comedy written by the pair is touring the country and it is on at Cambridge Arts Theatre until 6 October 2018.

Ade and Nigel talk to ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson about their careers, growing old disgracefully, the laughter of tragic losers and the changing face of comedy.

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