When: 7th May 2018, from 12pm
Where: Geldeston Locks Inn, Locks Lane, Geldeston, Norfolk NR34 0HW
What is it?
The 2018 Waveney Valley Dwile Flonking Championship will take place this bank holiday Monday at the Geldeston Locks Inn in Norfolk.
But, you are probably thinking, what on earth is Dwile Flonking? It has been described as ‘Norfolk’s traditional drinking game’, but there is more drinking than tradition to the contest. In fact the game is thought to have been made up in the 1960s.
Dwile Flonking essentially gives competitors a good excuse to dress up as ‘yokels’ and drink. This ‘sporting’ event requires two teams of ten people (dressed as simple country folk), and a bucket of beer. One team joins hands and dances around in a circle, whilst a member of the opposite team stands in the middle with a beer-soaked cloth (dwile) on the end of a stick. The team member then spins around and flings (flonks) the cloth with the aim of hitting one of the opponents. Points are scored depending on which part of the body the cloth hits. A hit on the head scores the most points.
If the competitor fails to hit any of the other team members then he has to pay a forfeit. As it is a drinking game, the forfeit is to drink a pot of beer. The competitor must drink the beer in the time it takes the opposite team to pass the cloth along its team members. If the beer isn’t drunk in time then the opposite team get an extra point.
Dwile Flonking takes place annually at various locations in Norfolk, having seen a revival over recent years, including the Waveney Valley event. This year’s championship will see teams from local towns and villages competing against one another to win the Stuart Sneddon Trophy. As well as the Dwile Flonking there will be live music from the Cobbler Bob’s String Band, ales from Bull of the Woods Brewery (who will be on hand to talk about their beer), and food.
Those who are in the area for the weekend can also enjoy the traditional May Fayre on the Sunday with Morris dancing, the Green Man and the crowning of the May Queen.
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