South Scotland

Peebles stages unofficial Scottish conker championship

Conkers
Image caption A late delivery of conkers allowed a competition to go ahead

A late delivery of English conkers allowed an unofficial Scottish championship to take place in the Borders at the weekend.

Borders Forest Trust, the organisers, cancelled its event as bad weather had meant too few conkers were available.

However, a competition did go ahead in Peebles on Saturday.

Maurice Hurrell secured the unofficial title, following up on his win in the official version staged last year.

The BFT said it was "delighted" the competition had been able to go ahead as part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

It hopes to organise a full championship once again next year.

The competition was first organised in the Scottish Borders in 2007.

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