So You Thought You Knew Suffolk?

Charity puts Suffolk quizzers to the test to protect coast from flooding.

Over a dozen of the county’s favourite pubs are supporting Suffolk charity The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust in parallel pub quizzes to raise money for the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign.

With over 600 people expected to compete in this significant community event on Friday 22nd November, pubs and restaurants along the estuary, together with Orford Town Hall and Sudbourne Village Hall,  will be joined by a host of local celebrity quizmasters to raise money for vital flood defences along the estuary.

Questions testing participant’s knowledge of the county are being set by actor, writer and comedian Max Norman who was brought up in Suffolk and plays English cricketer Bob Willis in the film ’83 being released in April 2020, which tells the story of India’s incredible World Cup victory in 1983.

Event organiser Clare Greenwell, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of Max and so many local pubs and venues for an exciting evening of quizzing. It is sure to be a fun and relaxed event,  with a surprise local-celebrity quizmaster at each of the venues to help repeat the fundraising success of the first Save Our Suffolk Estuary pub quiz in 2017, which raised over £40,000 for the Trust. We are determined to raise a substantial amount of money again this year to protect our beautiful Suffolk coast from flooding.

Generous sponsorship from local independent businesses Best of Suffolk and Pinney’s of Orford will allow 100% of the pub quiz entry donations to be used to support the upgrade of vital flood defences of the River Alde & Ore. These will ensure the landscape’s businesses, homes and protected wildlife are resilient to a 1-in-200 year tidal surge, like those of 1953 and 2013 which devastated the area.

Tickets to enter are £5 per person with suggested teams of up to 8 people.  Prizes have been kindly donated by Adnams and author and illustrator, Emma Chichester Clark. Booking can be purchased online via the Trust’s website, or in person at any of the participating venues. Full details can be found at www.aeotrust.org

A detailed, costed programme of works by the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board shows £26.9 million is needed to upgrade the river defences throughout the Alde & Ore Estuary over the next 6 to 8 years, with £12m to be raised through voluntary donations from the local community, applications to charitable foundations and the support received from local businesses.

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