Top marks for quiz team

A CLEVER quiz team left opponents scratching their heads as they claimed a clean-sweep of victories during a quiz holiday to Whitby.

The Diggle and Delph Donkeys, which has six full-time members and a couple more from time to time, won all five quizzes they entered on their annual Quiz Trippers week.

QUIZZERS: The DDs read the Independent in The Bridge Inn at Ruswarp, North Yorkshire. L-R: Steve Schofield, Sylvia Tomlinson, Geoff Iles, Jenny Cordingley, Phil Cordingley, Kathy Tomlinson, Neil Tomlinson and Janet Iles
QUIZZERS: The DDs read the Independent in The Bridge Inn at Ruswarp, North Yorkshire. L-R: Steve Schofield, Sylvia Tomlinson, Geoff Iles, Jenny Cordingley, Phil Cordingley, Kathy Tomlinson, Neil Tomlinson and Janet Iles

The team, who have been taking part in local quizzes regularly for almost a decade, were inspired to arrange the trip after seeing a TV programme about quiz holidays two years ago.

Keen to try it themselves, they travelled to Whitby for the first time last year, where they won three of five quizzes at various local pubs and hotels.

And after repeating the holiday this year with even better results, the members, who enjoyed days trips before competing in quizzes in the evening, were delighted with their progress.

Team member Janet Iles said: “We are definitely planning another trip to Whitby next year!

“I think the key to our success is we have a varied age range from 30 to 70!  This means we can call on a wealth of information on different aspects of life spanning many years.

“We all get on very well and know each other’s strengths, so accept an answer from the team member who knows their subject well, which cuts down on the debates about an answer.

“We have saved up our winnings over the last year from our quizzes locally and went out to have a meal to celebrate.”

The DDs ‘home’ base is at The Diggle Hotel on Thursdays but they also take part in the quiz at the Navigation Inn, Dobcross, on Sundays.

The core team includes Steve Schofield, who has good news and all-round knowledge and an ear for popular music, geography and sports specialist Neil Tomlinson, and his daughter Kathy, an expert on current pop music and children’s television.

Retired librarian Jenny Cordingley is the team member to turn to for everything to do with literature, the specialities for competitive Geoff Iles are films and sport, and his wife Janet loves art, anagrams and any questions involving definitions of words.