Despite failing to enthuse my fellow Islington Liberal Democrat crack quiz team members (or others) with the delight of Polo Cola (what’s not to like about an East European imitation of Coca-Cola?), at least initially, a great time was had by all last night at the Leyton & Wanstead Quiz night. Aided by the retro-look and the improbably large amount of chocolate we won.
It was well organised by the local party, including of course the two key elements – good questions and lovely food. They didn’t stint on other ways of raising extra funds, with not only a raffle thrown in but also a short auction (for Paddy Ashdown’s excellent memoirs).
And on top of all that the brown envelopes. Everyone who wanted to put £1 into a brown envelope and wrote their name on it. One envelope got drawn at random, the winner getting half the funds with the other half going to the local party.
Of course, it’s really a raffle in all but name, but the different format meant people were happy both to buy raffle tickets and go for the brown envelope fundraiser. Smart.