A COMMUNITY-minded group from Stacksteads took on TV’s brightest brains The Eggheads… but unfortunately the quiz masters won.
Stacksteads Countryside Park Group is more used to carrying out environmental projects – everything from cleaning litter to masterminding the improvements of Western Park playground.
On a whim organiser Jackie Oakes suggested that a team, named The Outsiders, challenge the TV brain boxes and six ‘volunteers’ stepped forward.
Although filmed in February last year, the show was only broadcast on BBC2 on Monday night, meaning the team had to keep the result a secret for longer than those gaining an honour from the Queen.
Jackie said: “We managed to defeat three of the Eggheads with our knowledge of music, history and geography,
“Unfortunately I was the only one to lose out to an Egghead, but the odds were clearly stacked in our favour when it came to the final questions – we had four on our team versus just two Eggheads.
“Sadly the questions proved just too tricky but we did taken them to ‘sudden death’ after all three final questions were posed we were drawn at one apiece.
“Then our luck ran out. However the Eggheads were really nice as was host Jeremy Vine and the experience was enjoyed by the whole team.
“We will never forget on which river West Point is based.”
Had the group won the £2,000 prize, the money would have gone towards redevelopment work at Western Park.
Jackie added: “We didn’t disgrace ourselves and we certainly put Stacksteads on the map. It was a long day – from 6am to 11pm with whistle-stop visit to Glasgow and who knows… we may put ourselves forward again.”
The team comprised: Jackie Oakes, Linda Ward, Liz Hinchliffe, Chris Farnsworth and Valley at Work member Catherine Smyth, with Darren Ashworth as a standby. They all met up at Rosemount Working Men’s Club in Stacksteads, along with other SCPG members, to watch the broadcast.
In the meantime, some of the Egghead challengers, who are also members of Bacup And Stacksteads Carnival Organisation are involved with organising a quiz for the carnival at the Rose ‘n’ Bowl in Stacksteads on Wednesday February 4 at 7pm.
Teams can have up to four members and cost is £4 each with a potato pie supper or £2 just for the quiz.
Prizes include: four bottles of wine donated by Danielle and Darren’s Childminding Services, Stacksteads, prizes from quizmaster Mike Platt including a L’Oreal gift bag and a deluxe bird box and more.
To book places email firstname.lastname@example.org stating supper or quiz.