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4:00 AM 14th August 2021
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Happy Mondays, Bluetones, Inspiral Carpets And Shed Seven Members Unite For Milestone Virtual Quiz

Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, Bluetones and Shed Seven take part in milestone virtual quiz
Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, Bluetones and Shed Seven take part in milestone virtual quiz
Members of some of the biggest indie bands of the 90s have taken part in the 500th virtual quiz to be hosted by York-based Shed Seven drummer Alan Leach since the start of the first lockdown - raising £3,000 for good causes in the process.

Amongst the well-known faces who took part were Happy Mondays legend Bez and radio presenter, DJ and Inspiral Carpets keyboardist, Clint Boon.

They were joined by regular team captains, Shed Seven frontman Rick Witter and singer-songwriter Mark Morriss, best known for fronting indie rock band The Bluetones.

The quiz, which is available to watch here (the 15-minute, edited version), gave fans from across the UK the opportunity to take on the Britpop stars, with almost 100 teams taking part.

It’s the 500th virtual quiz hosted since the start of the first lockdown by Alan Leach - who co-founded York-based quiz tech company SpeedQuizzing – with more than £3,000 raised so far for a range of good causes including St Leonard’s Hospice in York.

His regular music-themed virtual quizzes have featured a host of well-known singers and musicians over the last 16 months, including Rowetta from the Happy Mondays, guitarist Dave Rotheray from the Beautiful South and Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey.

With more and more people returning to pubs, Alan is moving his main focus back towards hosting in-venue quizzes using SpeedQuizzing’s software, though he still plans to run three virtual quizzes every month, including a music-themed contest.

SpeedQuizzing co-founder and Shed Seven drummer, Alan Leach
SpeedQuizzing co-founder and Shed Seven drummer, Alan Leach
Alan said: “Although at times it has felt like a full-time job with all the preparation, it's been really enjoyable bringing people together for some much-needed fun and human interaction. I think I'd have gone insane some days if I didn't know I was going to get to have a laugh with all those people come the evening.

“It’s been an added bonus to have some of my music pals get involved along the way and this last quiz was a great way to end it, with both Bez and Clint on brilliant form, alongside regular team captains Rick and Mark who have been fantastic throughout.

“I still plan on running three virtual quizzes every month, which people can access through my Patreon page, but for now I’m looking forward to taking quizzing back to its true home, the pub!