Dwile Flonking 1967

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    Geldeston, Suffolk.

    Various shots show the Waveney Valley Dwile Flonkers having a drink outside the Wherry Inn; mostly men, they are dressed in odd yokel clothing. The group make their way to a field where they jump up and down to test the ground before going through the age old ritual of Dwile Flonking.

    This involves the group running in a circle around one man who tries to toss (flonk) a dishcloth (dwile) soaked in beer over one of their heads. The man fails which means he has to drink a pot of ale before the dwile is passed along the line of men. More silly business of the same vein; the referee gets sent off. A man falls backwards from his chair, supposedly drunk, at the end of this match between the teams from Beccles and Bungay.

    Note: on file are various pieces of correspondence and notes on this custom. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    01:57:10:00 / 01:59:32:00
    CP 645
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  • Hello,

    I wonder if you might like to know that one of the founders of Dwile Flonking, Rob Devereux, died a few weeks ago. Rob, along with Andy Leverett and George High actually invented the game in 1967 whilst pretending that the rules were found in an attic in Bungay, Suffolk.


    Robert Knights

    Robert Knights 30th Jul 2013
  • Sorry to hear about Bob (Traffer),

    would love to hear from any other old Flonkers from Beccles and Bungay;

    "Grabber" Roberts


    gar221046 17th Apr 2014

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