Our Tall Tales Evening

On Friday 1st December we held our annual Tall Tales Competition where speakers compete with each other to be the champion “Tall Tales Teller”.
audienceThis year there were eight competitors with a range of subjects from “Health and Safety at Christmas” by Bob Hull to “Leaders Wanted” by David Lewis. Other subjects were “A Tale of Old Hexham” by Stephen Pedley; “A Waggy Dog’s Tale” by Helen Underwood; “What’s in a Name” by Roy Dallison; “Tale of the Oni’s” by John Johnson; “The Fourth King” by Alistair Lishman; and “That Can’t Be Legal” by Julie Harrison.
winnerAll the entrants gave their talks in front of the assembled audience and the three judges. A break half way through allowed supper to be served and finally the judges had time to confer and consider their verdict. We were fortunate in having Colin Briggs of the BBC; Brian Tilley formerly of The Courant and Mike Tickell, the well known Northumbrian Folk Singer as our judges. The whole evening was compèred by Mike Tickell.
The audience of over 100 enjoyed the evening in the Great Hall of Hexham Abbey and the proceeds of the evening will go to two children’s charities—Hope and Homes for Children and SEDCU which helps disabled children in Uganda. Our thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a success. During the Judges deliberations, the raffle was held and raised £300 and, overall, over £1000 was made for the charities. Finally the winner was announced. In third place was Stephen Pedley, runner up was Bob Hull but the overall winner was judged to be John Johnson for his unique tale of the Oni. He is seen here receiving his prize from Colin Briggs. 

Many thanks to everyone who supported this fun evening.