Toy Appeal: No blips as quiz crown retained

The winning team, Newham Blips, with the trophy and their bottles of wine

The winning team, Newham Blips, with the trophy and their bottles of wine - Credit: Sophie Morton

The borough’s brightest quiz brains pitted their wits at Community Links’ Barking Road headquarters last night, with some familiar faces coming out on top once more.

The Newham Recorder team

The Newham Recorder team - Credit: Sophie Morton

In third place at half time, the Newham Blips pulled back to win by 12 points – their fifth consecutive time in top position at the annual quiz.

“We called ourselves the blips after one quiz where we didn’t win, we said it was a blip,” said team member Cecile Duerinckx.

“We won the next time so we had to keep the team name.

“If we’d realised we’d win like this we’d have picked a better name.”

The team is comprised of seven Newham Council employees who have been quizzing together for “three or four years”, although they were previously members of other quiz teams.

Quiz master for the night was Kevin Jenkins, co-founder and life president of Community Links, who talked the sixteen tables through ten rounds of questions.

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Teams from a variety of backgrounds and organisations battled it out for the Maureen Allen Trophy, including a group from the Recorder, who came 11th.

News editor Freddy Mayhew said: “My slight disappointment at not finishing in the top 10 was diminished by the incredible number of people who turned out to take part in the quiz night – it was a full house.”

A total of £1,747 was raised in the evening, with £247 made from raffle ticket sales, all of which will be used to purchase Christmas presents for underprivileged children in Newham.

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