I READ with interest your article on the Mayor of Huntingdon s quiz (January 30). I was an entrant and found it a challenge. It started with a fanfare, and I received my first letter to say that I had not won that section and a second letter for sections
I READ with interest your article on the Mayor of Huntingdon's quiz (January 30).
I was an entrant and found it a challenge. It started with a fanfare, and I received my first letter to say that I had not won that section and a second letter for sections 2 and 3, but nothing for the last four parts.
My entry for part 5 was lost, so I was unable to be considered for the section.
I was pleased that local history was being highlighted, but there has been no follow-up, no list of winners, and no answers either in print or on the internet.
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When I gave in my first answer sheet, by hand to the Trinity Square offices, I asked how we would know the answers.
I was assured that the answers would be sent to each contestant at the end of each section by post. If the answers had been forthcoming, it might have engendered more public involvement and feedback, thus making it more successful.
- 1 What are the outstanding primary schools in Huntingdonshire?
- 2 Patients avoided going to the doctor out of fear of 'catching Covid'
- 3 'Savage' attack left man without spleen
- 4 Hoax caller flouted strict court order after just three days
- 5 'We want to help our market towns' - Funding plans extended due to pandemic
- 6 Woman jailed for knife-point robbery
- 7 Huntingdon care home company scoops award in region's top 20
- 8 New community space opens at Alconbury Weald
- 9 Threatening domestic abuser tracked and assaulted ex partner of 10 years
- 10 Olive Indian receives service award for a second year
Some of the questions were quite convoluted and might have initially put off some entrants.
Neither the staff in the library nor the County Record Office had been told of the quiz or given the questions to help people in their research.
So they were perplexed by the sudden onset of the event.
A little more forethought and preparation might have produced better dividends.
It was a shame, on further reflection, that neither the mayor nor the council took the chance to keep the public access to local history alive.
I refer to the demise of the Tourist Information Centre at the closure of the county library, where it was established, ideally situated near the bus station and the town centre, being recognised as part of the community. Once gone, it is virtually impossible to replace.
What highlights the gulf is that the noticeboards still refer to the "ghost". Now that is what I call a treasure hunt.
NICHOLAS DAVIES, Dover Close, Huntingdon