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Dan Wilkinson, from Barnard Castle, wins the first Great Bowlees Conker Competition Trophy
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD conker champion smashed his competitors to lift the first Great Bowlees Conker Competition trophy.
Dan Wilkinson, from Barnard Castle, visited the centre’s Harvest celebration, in Upper Teesdale, with his parents and sister to compete in the event, which attracted numerous visitors.
The opening rounds involved children’s and adult’s categories, the winners of which faced each other in a grand final.
Dan emerged victorious against Gary Parker, from Tow Law.
In other competitions at the event, eight-year-old Tom Hambleton, from Durham, took first place in bread-making contest and Frances Easby, from Middleton-in-Teesdale, won the jam competition and finished third in the marmalade category, which was won by Steve Oxley, from Nenthead.
Nicola Cullens, from the AONB Partnership, who co-ordinated the event, said: “It was a fantastic day and it was really good to see so many people getting into the spirit of the season.
“The conker contest was fabulous and everyone who was watching was genuinely blown away by Ben who absolutely deserved to win first place.”
A wild autumn event takes place at the centre on Saturday, November, 16, with advice on looking after wildlife in winter months, constructing homes for birds and hedgehogs, a wildlife and bird walk, nature table quiz, children’s wildlife crafts and bird feeder-making.
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