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April 7 2016.

Seaford Rotary Club held its annual Grand Charity Quiz night last Friday and once again a competitive, friendly and amusing evening was enjoyed by all. St Leonard’s Church Hall was packed as the 13 teams battled for the honour of the winner’s trophy.

The Quiz Mistress, Michele Roper, kept the questions flowing and steered the teams through eight rounds of ten questions on varying subjects, some easy some challenging. She was gratefully and ably supported by a team of scorers and helpers.

After three rounds the scores were very close with no clear leader. The interval followed and the teams sat down to a welcome supper of bangers and mash followed by ice cream. A huge thank you was given to Jan Jemmett and her team of trusty caterers from Inner Wheel who cooked a superb meal that was enjoyed by all - some even had second helpings!

Replete from the food and refreshment, contestants carried on with the final rounds of the quiz with renewed enthusiasm and humour.

At the end of round seven the raffle was drawn by the Rotary Club’s honorary member, Mr Laurie Holland, ably assisted by Seaford’s Mayor, Mr Dave Argent.

A superb range of prizes, generously donated by Diella’s restaurant, Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre, Paul’s Place, Swindells Accountants, Crosby’s Menswear, Seaford Properties and the Mayor and Mayoress of Seaford were handed out to the seven lucky winners.

After the final round of questions, the teams eagerly awaited to hear the final scores, hoping for a win, and in some cases praying not to be last!

Again the result was very close between regular “podium” teams, the ‘Outlaws’ (who won last year) and the ‘Welly Wanderers’. This year it was the turn of the Wanderers to take the first place trophy with an impressive score of 57 out of a possible 80, but by onlywo points from the Outlaws. Third place went to ‘The Invincibles’, a team including members from Seaford Rotary Club and Seaford Inner Wheel, with an excellent score of 52. Peter Fenwick, President of Seaford Rotary Club presented the winning team with their trophy and a bottle of wine to each team member.

The wooden spoon slot was also eagerly contested. Going into the last round, the Dragons appeared to be going to take the honour, but they managed to claw their way off the bottom rung to the dismay of the Trumps. Finishing last does not, however go unrewarded in Grand Charity Quiz, and the Trumps were presented with a bottle of water each by Mike Roper, Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee, who organised the event.

The evening concluded with a heartfelt thank you from Club President Peter Fenwick, and the Quiz was over for another year.