Pupils conker all on path to victory in traditional contest

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Pupils at a school near Thirsk declared a contest a hit.

The annual conkers contest at Cundall Manor was competed for by 300 youngsters with four pupils - Alex, Archie, Juliet and Lwle - smashing their way to victory in their categories following a series of wins.

The seasonal competition is a highlight of the year with every pupil receiving three conkers.

Finalists, Alex Chalton, Archie Frank, Archie Powell, Ben Ogden, Oliver Pollock, Joshua Cooke, Juliet Pearson and Lwle Preston-Yates competed in front of a loud and lively crowd as they cheered on their school houses with Tudors coming out on top.

PE and games teacher, Oliver Couttie, who organised the event, said: “The children were really looking forward to the competition and they had great fun playing in a fair but competitive way.

“Well done to each one of our winners in their categories and a huge thank you to the Eames family for their help in collecting the thousands of conkers needed for the children to have such a fun afternoon.”

Pupils battled it out over several stages to the final.

Finalists then competed in front of the entire main and upper school.

Marketing Manager, Paul Swalwell, said: “It is great that we have such a unique set of traditions which all our pupils look forward to and enjoy. With everything from the annual Go-Kart race in the summer to the chocolate cake run via our Axe-throwing enrichment, we know how unique and innovative our curriculum is and how much our pupils love their time at Cundall.”