Morpeth Rotary Club
AFTER an excellent meal provided by the caterers at Morpeth Golf Club, four teams of four from four service organisations battled it out to be the top general knowledge brains.
Last year’s quiz winners, Morpeth Inner Wheel, were expecting a strong challenge from Morpeth and District Soroptimists, Morpeth Lions and hosts Morpeth Rotary.
There were six rounds, including a picture round and a music round.
The questions also covered film, geography, sport, politics, literature, chemistry, anatomy, history, maths, the armed services, drinks, TV, fashion, coins and chocolate.
Two of the most difficult questions were ‘What is measured in Scovilles?’, which no-one got, the answer being the intensity of chillies, and ‘What do you call a gathering of larks?’ – the answer was ‘an exultation’, which the Soroptimists got at once.
The Rotary team were stunned in the picture round when they learned that they had failed to recognise their own quiz master for the night, Alan Barron, dressed in a baseball cap and looking like Ernest Borgnine.
The Soroptimists went on to win the contest and were awarded the silver salver, which they had won eight times before in the 14 years that the contest has taken place.
Morpeth Rotary Club President Jim Dunn presented the salver to Jean Coates, the captain of the winning team. Her team-mates were Elisabeth Elders, Denise Alcock and Cynthia Livesey.
During the meeting, the annual review for the Morpeth-based charity Barnabas Safe and Sound was circulated around the 65 people present as a number of members are closely involved with them and keen to support the work that it carries out.