It’s last orders at The Corona Arms – but not before one last big quiz to help raise money for Black Lives Matter.
For the past 10 weeks, The Corona Arms has brought joy to thousands with their weekly virtual pub quizzes. It was started by a group of friends from Leeds as a way of keeping sane and social during the lockdown, but it soon went viral as thousands joined their Instagram and Zoom live streams – it’s even featured on Russell Howard’s Home Time and Saturday Kitchen. Sadly, as lockdown restrictions are eased, the time has come to call last orders and host one final pub quiz on Tuesday 9th June 2020.
The good news is, though, you’re all invited to pop along for one last blowout quiz to help them raise as much money as possible for worthy charities. The pub’s punters have made donations in return for playing each week and have raised nearly £6,000 to be split between the likes of St George’s Crypt, LGI Neonatal Services, Myeloma UK, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Women’s Aid and Lindsey Lodge Hospice. For this last week, all money raised will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
Quizmaster, performer and writer, Harry May-Bedell, told us, “People’s generosity is incredible and we’ve raised almost £6,000 for some vital causes during these strange, extremely tough times. Now, we want to invite everyone to come together and help us reach that £6k target, by having a laugh with us and Pam-Denic once more!”
If you haven’t popped into The Corona Arms for a pint yet, you’re in for a treat because this is a pub quiz like no other. Yes, there’s general knowledge and yes, there’s music rounds, but it’s so much more. From special guest appearances by sassy barmaid Pam-Denic to film poster re-enactments, lip syncs and pop songs played on a kazoo, it will make you laugh as much as it will test your memory.
Pub landlady Emily Huyton has been coordinating the quiz from the outset and told us, “It’s crazy to think that 10 weeks ago the pub was born purely as a result of a Zoom chat with friends, and now it’s become a viral sensation. We’ve built up a loyal fanbase and it’s become a weekly routine for us that we all look forward to. Our Instagram page grew from zero to 5,000 followers after the first week – and now we’ve almost doubled that!”
So go on, get the beers in on Tuesday night and join the fun one last time at the pub where everybody knows your name… and they’re always glad you stayed indoors!