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No tie-breaker - hospice is £10,000 winner

The BBCs Eggheads came out in force to host a sensational evening as 700 people put their brain power to the test to raise £10,000 for Saint Francis Hospice.
View of teams on the tables
An incredible 70 teams battled their way through nine exciting rounds which challenged their knowledge of science, sport, history and even cereals when they took part in The Big Quiz at the Brentwood Centre on Friday (August 14).

And the marathon round took everyone back to London's East End as they matched Cockney rhyming slang to pictures hidden within a drawing by local artist Rebecca Lee.

Barry Simmons, (pictured back row on the right) star of the TV quiz show Eggheads, hosted the annual event for the fourth year and was there with five members of his brainy team.

The Eggheads and Neil Andrews front L-R David Rainford, Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson back L-R Lisa Thiel
"This was the largest quiz I have ever been to," said Barry.

"Saint Francis Hospice is a fantastic charity and it is my pleasure to be there and support it.

"I enjoy coming here every year. 

"The dedication shown by the volunteers is remarkable and there was such great support from the people there.

"It is lovely to see the love and care that people have towards the hospice."

The Scrambled Egg Heads were delighted to be announced this year's winners and were presented with wooden spoons and Kinder Eggs.

"We could not believe it when we realised we had won," said Nick Holt, 44, one of The Scrambled Egg Heads who runs the Brentwood Computer Repairs Shop.

"In the past we have come fourth and fifth but when the results were being read out we didn't think we had done very well at all."

This was the first time Georgina Bastin, 68, who was part of a team of eight calling themselves The Lost Souls, has taken part in The Big Quiz and she is hoping to return next year.

"We had a lovely evening and given that there were so many people, there was a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere," said Georgina from Romford.

The Eggheads and Neil Andrews front L-R David Rainford, Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson back L-R Lisa Thiel
Talented singer Josh James, 24,(pictured) got the crowds swaying in their seats as he sang a variety of well-known hits and Time FM presenter Neil Andrews, who co-hosted the evening alongside the TV quiz stars, also entertained the teams and ensured the event ran smoothly.

"It was an amazing evening," said Neil.

"I have always wanted to host a quiz night and this event exceeded my expectations. It was a great experience. The crowd were great and even one of my jokes got a laugh."

Katy Woodgate, the hospice's Fundraising manager, said, "What a brilliant night it was.

"We would like to say a special thank you to Marygreen Manor for sponsoring the event, along with all the Eggheads, Neil Andrews and Time FM along with everyone who supported The Big Quiz.

"This was our best quiz night so far and we hope people will be back next year to join in the fun and make it even more successful."

Saint Francis Hospice is now taking bookings for The Big Quiz on August 12th 2016 so to reserve your table call the events team on 01708 723 593.

The Eggheads and Neil Andrews front L-R David Rainford, Kevin Ashman, Pat Gibson back L-R Lisa Thiel

Thanks to volunteer Peter Henwood for the photographs.