The annual Dr M Scrowston memorial quiz took place last Friday evening (12th) in the Village Hall between the reigning champions the University of Hull Chemistry Department and The Brains of Walkington. The competition is held to honour the memory of Dr Mike Scrowston; the first local boy to go to University, a local resident of Walkington and a lecturer at Hull University’s Chemistry Department.
Who are the Brains of Walkington I hear you say? The Brains are chosen from the members of the individual teams taking part in the Walkington Quiz season. There is also a second competition, within the quiz, and that is for the Jim Kirby Memorial Trophy, which is presented to the highest scoring member of the Brains of Walkington team.
The quiz was very well attended by both villagers and friends from the University team. As usual the quizmaster was Denis Johnson; the questions, which were excellent, were set by Mark Smith and the scores were kept by Sarah Hardy.
The quiz was extremely close throughout the nine rounds with only one or two points separating the teams. In the end the match was decided by the extra points awarded for a correct Joker question with the Brains of Walkington running out the winners. The final scores were The Brains, 73 the University, 71.
The trophies were presented by Norman Castle to the Captain of the victorious Brains of Walkington and to Dr Tim Allison. Norman described how the Walkington Village Quiz first started in 1961 and remembers being in the audience that night. I forgot to ask him if Denis was asking the questions.
There were warm tributes to the late Mike Scowston from his colleagues in the Chemistry Department and from Norman Castle. The fact that the memorial competition is still going strong, after many years, is further evidence of the high regard in which he was held by both the University and the village.
This annual competition brings down the curtain on the Walkington Quiz Season; but we look forward to the next season which kicks off in October.