Flinging fun and soggy smiles at dwile flonking world championships in Ludham

Dwile Flonking at the Dog Inn, Ludham.

Dwile Flonking at the Dog Inn, Ludham. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A pair of crack-shot teams did beery battle as they attempted to secure one of the county's more unusual sporting trophies at the annual dwile flonking world championships.

Dwile Flonking at the Dog Inn, Ludham.

Dwile Flonking at the Dog Inn, Ludham. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The opponents gathered under sunny skies at the Dog Inn at Ludham to take up their sticks and traditional beer-soaked cloths, or 'dwiles', for the afternoon of traditional play.

Dwile flonking, which is believed to have been played in Norfolk and Suffolk since the middle ages, pits teams against one another as they attempt to give each other a soggy slap with the dripping dwile.

As one team dances around in a circle an opponent stands in the middle with a chamber pot full of ale and flings the damp cloth at their adversaries, hoping for a direct hit.

Points are awarded depending on which body part is hit with the team chalking up the most crowned the winners.

And the 2015 title was secured on Saturday by the Flippin' Pippin Flonkers from Coventry, reclaiming the prized chamber pot trophy which they first won in the inaugural 2010 championship.

They were pitted against the Flonkin' Doggers, the pub team based at the Dog Inn, who won last year's contest.

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Spectators lined the beer garden to watch the games play out and despite the trophy leaving its native Norfolk organisers say a good day was had

by all.

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