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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