Mick Kesteven, 64, who has lived at ExtraCare's Clifton
retirement village since it opened in 2009, took the title back
from John Hughes, who beat him last year. "It was hard work but
well worth it in the end," he said.
Reigning champion John was knocked out in the first round but
was philosophical about losing the title. "We won't have any
annoying clutter on our sideboard this year," he said when both he
and his wife Ann were knocked out of the championship, although he
vowed to try and win the trophy back at the next possible
opportunity. "I took it off Mick last year, and I'm going to take
it off him next year too!"
The tournament has been arranged since before the retirement
village even opened by Activities Facilitator Steve Britton. He
took part in the tournament, but was knocked out very early on. He
said that he had enjoyed organising the event.
"I try to keep the time in the middle of the day very busy,
because there are more people around and we do find it becomes very
popular," he said. "I only expected about six or seven people to
take part so I'm quite pleased that we had nearly double that.
We're a very big village so it's nice when people get
Picture: Lark Hill Village residents Elsie
Connelly, Ann and John Hughes, Village Activities Facilitator Steve
Britton, Mick Kesteven, Dennis Parker, and Libby Bowie pose before
the Fourth Annual Lark Hill Conker Tournament.
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