In the year 2000 I facilitated the very first online pubquiz between Skinningrove in Timms Coffee House and the Black Bull in Trimdon. Skinningrove won! This was a great boost for Skinningrove for a number of reasons. Firstly Skinningrove were just recovering from two massive floods. The other reason was that the Black Bull had what they thought was an ace on their team – Prime Minister Tony Blair (pictures below). This led to a whole string of Community Challenges which grew in size until it covered the entire country.

There was even a Euro Challenge. We had a TV crew with us at the time so you can enjoy the atmosphere at Timms in the video below.

This event was in the very early days of UK online and captured the interest of the network and came to the attention of BECTA and in particular a guy named Alastair Clark. Through Alastair of Becta and Teesside Uni through myself and Dave Eagle who developed some software the idea grew and grew.


After the first one there was a challenge across the UK.

Then there was the Euro Challenge

And then there was a 52 team UK wide community challenge and the moderators were trained in Teesside

There was the “Two Tribes” challenge between the Maynard Arms, Carlin How and Toad Hall Arms, Moorsholm.


And then the Museum Challenge – with two museums in the UK and a third in Finland (pic below) As you can see from the final pic, Finland won.