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    The age old custom of Dwile Flonking (tossing a dishcloth soaked in beer) is demonstrated in Suffolk.

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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

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says


    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

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  2. Unknown user says

    Sorry to hear about Bob (Traffer),

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

    "Grabber" Roberts


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  3. alanplayford says

    Always sorry to hear of our original Clays vs Clowes flonkers passing?!
    Rest in Adnams Ale, fellow flonker! :-(

    I have the original 1966 rule book if anybody is interested? Transcribed into Word or PDF as you see fit, also in A4 or A3 booklet format.

    Always useful when confronting the jobbernowl at the Dwilr Flonking World Championships at Geldeston Locks each year?
    mail me at alanplayford@ntlworld.com if wanting a copy (state which format).

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