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Bonkers for conkers

Bonkers for conkers
Emily Brabbs, Charlotte Fellows and Emily O'Brien with just a small amount of their conker haul.
Tuesday 9th November 2010 by C. Freeman
Friends Emily O’ Brien, Emily Brabbs and Charlotte Fellows are hoping to get into the Guinness Book of Records after collecting almost 10,500 conkers.

They, along with their friends Taylor Tait, Georgia Pollard, Chanty Boyd and Emily’s brother Adam, spent about three days in total over the recent holidays scouring the woods around Weldon for conkers. They decided to go for a record attempt after learning that the previous largest amount of conkers collected was 7,500.

Now they are waiting to see whether their attempt will be verified by the Guinness Book of Records. Their project has caught the attention of the media with Emily O’Brien being interviewed on Radio Five Live and the whole group being photographed by the Daily Mail. It will be a few weeks before the girls find out whether their nutty collection is large enough to go into the record books.

Emily Brabbs said: ‘ The final count of all the conkers took us about two hours and the grand total was 10,442.’

Charlotte Fellows said: ‘My hands hurt quite a lot after picking them all up and the best area was probably Weldon cricket club because there was a row of chestnut trees there!’

Emily O’Brien said: ‘Taylor first came up with the idea and it was something to do over the holidays because we were getting bored and the whole lot took up about 20 bags.’

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