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  Goggles save school conker games
Updated 04 October 2004, 07.44
Girl with goggles plays conkers
A headmaster has bought safety goggles for children at his school so they can carry on playing conkers.

Shaun Halfpenny from Cummersdale Primary in Cumbria was worried the game would be banned by the council because of fears of eye injuries.

Pupils now take turns to wear the special glasses, similar to safety goggles used in science classes.

"The children asked to play conkers in school and I thought it would be really mean if I said no," said Mr Halfpenny.

Conker ban

Conkers
The Headtacher decided to introduce goggles after children found a load of conkers on a school trip, says the Carlisle News & Star newspaper.

Cumbria County Council have said it's up to individual schools to decide if they think it's safe for children to play conkers at school.

Some schools banned the game because of the risk of eye injuries.

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