MCC 2017 Family Christmas Quiz
The annual pause in celebrations between Christmas and New Year was broken by Mossley Cricket Club as it served notice of an event packed social calendar for 2018.
The first MCC Quiz and Family Fun night dragged many club members from their seasonal torpor, luring them away from Christmas TV repeats, cold turkey and family arguments.
Upon arrival at the event teams registered for a night of trivia questions, physical, sensory and artistic challenges. They received a quiz pack containing a picture round, answer sheets and a "Review of 2017" which tested recollection of events of the previous twelve months. Who had reached the final of "Strictly Come Dancing"? What was the name of the Dingles dog? In which month was the General Election?
Age was no barrier to success and indeed a positive boon in a number of the rounds with quizmaster Adrian French challenging teams to answer random trivia questions with a Christmas theme; construct a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows, identify the flavours of ten different bowls of crisps and finally convert a nominated team member into a snowman.
Teams were given some welcome respite from the evening's test of their memory, ingenuity and dexterity as a most welcome break for hot food allowed all to enjoy the culinary artistry of "Carl the Cook". Ably assisted for the night by kitchen drudge Steve "Cinderella" Austin, the meal was well received and enjoyed by all.
After the food service there was the opportunity for a presentation held over from the October awards evening. The MCC "2017 Cricket Wife of the Year" trophy was officially handed to Dawn "Mrs Pecker" in recognition of her unswerving support for Adam. Without her he would have been unavailable for selection much of the season as he floated in the Macclesfield Canal.
The final competitive round of the evening saw teams trying to convert one of their number into a snowman with the aid of some kitchen rolls and sellotape. Quizmaster Frenchie recruited six junior judges to mark the efforts objectively. Sadly, the sight of a seven foot tall snowman intimidated a number of the judges and Hagrid received an unprecedented score of ten out of ten.
There were no losers on the night and the laughter heard throughout the night served to affirm that all present, young and old alike, had a cracking time. Here's to the next social event at Mossley Cricket Club!