My First Win
What was your first win in a competition – or maybe you’re still waiting on that fabulous first prize?
I thought it was about time I shared my own first win here on the blog, having recently discovered a scrapbook documenting the momentous occasion at my Mum’s house! It was back in 1980 – the Queen Mother was turning 80 and to celebrate, Birmingham’s Bull Ring shopping centre launched a kids colouring competition to win a weekend stay in London. I spent hours on my masterpiece…
My Mum wasn’t impressed and freely admits she “wouldn’t have wasted a stamp on it”. My Dad on the other hand immediately recognised my talent, and posted it off.
A few weeks later I had my first experience of the ‘LWE’ (Long White Envelope’) – what every comper dreams of receiving. Ignoring the fact they call me Diane, receiving this letter was SO exciting!
Off we went to the prize-giving, followed by a splendid weekend in London staying at the Metropole Hotel. We went on a leisurely sightseeing cruise down the Thames (in contrast to my most recent prize boat trip on the RIB speedboat!), visited London Zoo, saw the sights and generally had a fabulous time.
Afterwards I created a scrapbook of my adventures, with letters, postcards and photos. It’s really special to look back at it now.
As you know, I always recommend that compers should say Thankyou for a prize (it’s good manners and it encourages the promoter to give away more prizes!) so I penned letters to the Bull Ring, the Metropole Hotel – and the Queen Mum!
And check out what arrived in the post a few weeks later…
What a great response from a Thankyou letter! These days I usually send a thankyou tweet but I might send off a few handwritten notes again – it’s great to receive a letter!
Can you remember your very first win? Tell me about it in the comments, or tweet me at @superluckydi with #myfirstwin!
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