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England wins 2017 Corn Cairdis

PUBLISHED: 14:45 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:49 23 May 2017

NCBA Chairman Graham Hardman presents Corn Cairdis trophy 2017 to Peter Stocken. Photo: Jane Scarfe

NCBA Chairman Graham Hardman presents Corn Cairdis trophy 2017 to Peter Stocken. Photo: Jane Scarfe

Jane Scarfe

England have won the annual Corn Cairdis two day international bridge match against Ireland.

Corn Cairdis 2017 match in action. Photo: Jane ScarfeCorn Cairdis 2017 match in action. Photo: Jane Scarfe

The team of bridge Brits came from behind to beat the Irish visitors at the Cup of Friendship which was hosted by Norfolk Contract Bridge Association and included a mayoral reception at Norwich’s Theatre Royal and a celebration dinner at City College Norwich.

Christine Buchanan said: “Our Irish friends were way ahead of us. Perhaps our lavish celebrations last night left our visitors the worse for wear.”

Norwich Lord Mayor Marion Maxwell said she had no idea what to expect when she attended but really enjoyed it and is planning to learn to play bridge when her term of office ends.

Irish captain Rita Cassidy said: “We’re disappointed not to win but congratulations to the English team. It’s been such a great weekend.”

English 2017 Bridge Team with trophy. Photo: Jane ScarfeEnglish 2017 Bridge Team with trophy. Photo: Jane Scarfe

Next year’s Corn Cairdis will be held in Dun Laoghaire near Dublin.

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