People have been called to practise playing marbles more often after a German team won the World Marbles Championship for the second year running.
Some 60 teams competed in the annual tournament at The Greyhound pub in Tinsley Green on Good Friday (April 3). Reigning champions 1st MC Erzgebirge retained their title after beating off Johnson Jets of Dr Samuel Johnson pub in Langley Green.
Sam McCarthy-Fox, 70, a main organiser for the event, said: “The British turn up on the day and play whereas the Germans practise.Perhaps we can have a call to action to practise a bit more.”
Christine Hildebrandt’s family have flown from Germany to compete in the games every year since 1996.
Christine, 29, of Erfurt, said: “It’s great fun. It’s always such a nice atmosphere because there are people we don’t see in years or for the whole year and then come back and we can go on right where we left off.”
Competitors take turns to flick their ‘Tulley’ marble to be the first to knock 25 smaller marbles off a round platform.
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