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£200 for readers at North Pole

Clare McCarron says test yourself with the Manchester lyrics quiz

Published on December 10th 2010.


£200 for readers at North Pole

Vimto. Love Hearts. The winter bar The North Pole. A giant latex pigs head.

All the ingredients for Manchester Confidential’s first festive quiz. With Jonathan Schofield at the helm, it was to prove an interesting, fun and unusual night. And everything from the prizes to the questions was all about Manchester.

The very final round where Manchester bands were matched to their lyrics had some readers scratching their heads, but one clever team managed to get an almost perfect score. Well, someone has to listen to 10cc, Happy Mondays and Shane Ward. Now there’s a compilation.

It was chilly outside but we all soon thawed out with Jonathan’s warm up first round. Our intrepid readers were provided with raffle tickets and two lucky winners got the chance to re-enact the first ever scene out of Coronation Street - 1960s style. A lovely gentleman from Brighton just couldn’t quite perfect those broad Lancashire vowels but it certainly broke the ice in the North Pole. Maybe the amazing prizes of fizzy Vimto and Vimto sweets made it worthwhile.

Moving on, the party popper round had everyone popping away merrily and the lucky winner came away with a private tunnel tour for 35 people with our own Jonathan Schofield. With all the Manchester based questions erring on the side of testing, there was some concern about how well people would do. But our smart readers showed us who was boss and amazed us with their knowledge of inane Manchester facts such as how many condoms did the Commonwealth committee give out during the 2002 games to athletes (the answer is 150k by the way).

The very final round where Manchester bands were matched to their lyrics had some readers scratching their heads, but one clever team managed to get an almost perfect score. Well, someone has to listen to 10cc, Happy Mondays and Shane Ward. Now there’s a compilation.

Click here to see if you can match the lyrics to the bands. There are a few red herrings in the band list at the bottom.

The ‘plasticine round’ proved a special hit. There was some serious creative juices flowing during the round, and we ended up having to draft in boss of the North Pole, David Norris, to make a decision on the winner.

The entrants included many versions of the wheel, the Beetham Tower, a lovely little red devil, the skyhooks from Old Trafford and a delightful version of 24 hour party people (marked down due to the addition of a party popper prop.).

The final winner, created by a lovely group of ladies included a pint of Manchester ale topped with a Manchester bee and a ‘by eck, you smell gorgeous’ sign. Inspired.

A great night all round, lots of fun, prize giving and hot cocktail drinking.

And the winners walked away with £200 and two £10 round prizes. Clever sods.

Meanwhile the team that came last had to sacrifice one of their number to be pig headed. Literally.

With the party poppers all popped, Jonathan reverted to the first person to oink strategy for some more prize giving and happy readers came away with tabs to the Circle Bar and a year’s free Confidential Hero membership.

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