And the winners are…

The first Potts Pub Quiz got off to a competitive start on Friday night at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. Five teams of Potts Print (UK) employees and their guests battled it out to start the league in first place, with Kevin Brown and Andrew Livingstone’s production office team The Brooneys taking the top spot.


The Brooneys: Kevin, Andrew and their wives – playing a quietly confident game to seal their debut victory

The event was also a fundraiser for Kevin’s Great North Run in aid of the British Heart Foundation, as well as a send off for co-host Michael Minchella who has served the Potts operations team for 8 years.

Donations were given by each team member at the quiz, both for the charity and for Michael’s leaving drinks – raising £65 for the BHF plus a good few treble vodkas. (On the spot fines for anyone caught on t’internet boosted the total figure by a few quid too!) Anyone who hasn’t yet sponsored Kevin and would like to can go to his fundraising page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kevinbrown1983


The hosts with the mosts: Michael Minchella and Laurie Cansfield

There was a tie break situation at the end of the night, with the imaginatively named Sophie/Ian/Tony/Mick from operations levelling with The Brooneys at 48.5 points. The tie break question can’t be published on this family friendly blog, but Emma Brown was quickest off the mark with the answer, resulting in this current league table…

1st – The Brooneys (49.5 points)
2nd – Sophie/Ian/Tony/Mick (48.5 points)
3rd – Team name also can’t be published here, so let’s call them ‘Team Three’ (46.5 points)
4th – The Flying Andinis (41.5 points)
5th – Team Peroni (35.5 points)


Sophie/Ian/Tony/Mick: Sophie, Ian, Tony, Mick

Joining the Potts technical services contestants, Mark and Clare Goddard, was a team from Newcastle digital agency Orange Bus. They were invited by host Laurie Cansfield, whose better half Jo works there, and he would like to confirm that the quiz questions were securely stored on the Potts premises in a sealed envelope and not lying around on his coffee table at home! Team Three have begun the league with 46.5 points.


Team Three: Clare and Mark Goddard from Potts with Jo, Sophie and Joanne from Orange Bus – print and digital working in harmony

Close behind were The Flying Andinis, a team that benefitted from the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth, plus a lot of Brown Ale. Production staff Alex Pearson, Michael Johnson, Alan Dawes and his mate came in fourth with 41.5 points.


The Flying Andinis: Thankfully the entertainment round covered both the 20th and 21st centuries

Bringing up the rear were Team Peroni – a joint business development and production team consisting of Richard Raine and Jonny Clark from business development, Paul Ratcliffe from production and his better half. With a total score of 35.5 points, Peroni are considering pulling sponsorship, and have instated a tough Google-based training regime for the team.


Team Peroni: Currently in sponsorship talks with Aldi own-brand lager

The official date for the second round of the Potts Pub Quiz is ‘in a few months time’ and new teams are encouraged to join. It was a top night in a top pub, and it supported a top cause too.

Kevin’s fundraising page again: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kevinbrown1983

Cheers 😉

Laurie Cansfield
Corporate Communications Manager
Potts Print (UK)

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