|22 Mar 2023
Saturday 18 March was the date many had had in their diaries since March 2022... and they weren't disappointed. With the promise of a Mars bar to the winner, what was there not to like? And Mars bars were also liberally handed out to some also-rans who looked as if they were in need of some tlc.
With more than 200 questions including anagrams and dingbats, the ever-excitable and excited contestants pitted their wits aganst each other to reach a nail-biting climax where the winning team just scraped into top position after some assiduous marking by David Blake (in charge of all things techy on the interactive white board, a new feature this year).
So the Pickwicks were right 169 times, and the Buddy Holleys just behind on 166. The winning team had a BBC TV Mastermind finalist in their midst who was brought in for the second quiz running. The runners-up consisted of our very own Foundation Director Emma Garrett and other assorted quiz geeks who were the main cause of any uprisings, quickly quashed by quizmaster and photographer-in-residence John Thornley whose main job was to keep the peace among the warring factions.
But all was well that ended well, except that, as everyone was leaving, JT realised that he hadn't actually awarded the longed-for chocolate bars to the winners in the hope that they (the chocolate bars, not the winners) would keep until next year. Alas, his plan was thwarted by complaints from the Pickwicks who were suitably recompensed. So, here's to quiz night 2024 on Saturday 16 March... and probably some in-date Mars bars...