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Scottish Conker Championships held in Peebles

Jamie Craigen in action Credit: ITV Border

Around one hundred competitors took part in the Scottish Conkers Championships in Peebles on Saturday (25 October).

Entrants came from all over the UK to compete and try to win the crown of conkers champion.

One of the highlights was the 'Rogues' competition, where competitors are allowed to prepare their conkers using any method they like to try and make it the hardest of all.

This year's winner was Jamie Craigen from Stirling, who explained the secret behind his winning conker.

"You've got to have a good conker to start with, but i varnished mine for a good few days before the competition and it's worked out pretty well."

– Jamie Craigen, Scottish Conkers Rogue Champion 2014
Kate McLuckie was crowned Junior Conker Champion Credit: ITV Border

The event is now in it's eighth year and was part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

The town's Tweed Green was full of wood craftsmen giving demonstrations and showcasing their carving skills.

Woodwork skills on display on Tweed Green Credit: ITV Border

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