A great day at ComperCon!

On Saturday 3rd June 2017, 120 keen compers gathered at Whitburn Academy in Sunderland for a day of comping, quizzes, raffles and fun!

This was the very first ComperCon (Comper Convention), organised by a group of North East compers – and it was brilliant. Having helped organise three big comping days in Derbyshire ten years ago, I know what a mammoth task these ladies had – in particular, getting hold of all those fabulous raffle prizes. The stage was jam packed – everything from a TV and PlayStation 4, to dozens of beautifully packaged hampers and cuddly toys.

All the money raised – over £8000! – will go to local charity Tiny Lives Trust, who support premature babies and their families.

We sat on tables of six, some of us with old friends, some with new friends. Everyone got on so well, because we had one very important thing in common – a love of comping! There were table quizzes (name the kids TV characters and famous couples, identify the close up photographs of objects), individual quizzes and judged competitions – and classics like name the bunny and count the peas in the jar. There was even a selfie frame comp to win a camera!

The qualifier table was laden with alcohol – for this raffle you had to bring along a quallie (a promotional product where proof of purchase is required to enter) and received an amount of raffle tickets dependent on the value of your donated item. There were also cash prizes up for grabs. I think a lot of compers left the table clutching a bottle of Bacardi!

Steve Middleton, the Editor of Compers News, gave a short talk about the magazine, reminding us why even with social media, there’s still demand for a monthly printed magazine. Compers News has been around (in various formats) for over a hundred years and is such a good read – each attendee also got a free copy of the latest issue in their goodie bag and they had donated several cash prizes for the quizzes. If you’d like to know more about the mag, read my post Is Compers News worth the money?.

During lunch we were entertained by a lovely choir, then afterwards I took to the stage for my presentation – twenty years of comping in twenty minutes. I was perhaps a bit ambitious with squeezing all that in – sometimes my passion for comping runs away with me! And no, I still can’t talk about Ryland’s big day at the FA Cup Final without welling up…

Later we nominated a representative from our table for a ping pong ball throwing competition, which was won by Vicky’s table. The prize included coffee and brilliant ComperCon personalised KitKats – such attention to detail by the organisers!

The results of the earlier competitions were announced – there was much laughter when Sheila on our table won £35 cash for her fabulous ‘weird’ drawing of a winning horse!

The event culminated in the epic charity raffle, and somehow I ended up with the unenviable job of calling the numbers. This is always a challenge, with the various ticket colours and serial numbers to deal with – is the colour pink, orange or red? Is it EB or EA?

Thankfully the runners were super efficient and hundreds of fabulous prizes were distributed in record time. I was lucky enough to win six prizes myself – a Crabtree & Evelyn set, a Gardeners gift set, a £20 Tesco voucher, a bundle of kids books, some Joseph sunglasses and a crafting set. There was an opportunity to swap prizes at the end too, a lady wanted some goodies for her craft sessions with the elderly so I swapped for a book of quotations!

At the end of the day everyone left with goodie bags, prizes and smiles on their faces. The sun was shining in Sunderland, and the ComperCon team could relax enjoy a much needed drink at the pub – congratulations to you all!

As for me, I had a cheeky cocktail with Emma, Jess & Vicky from my Lucky Learners Facebook group, and then an amazing curry – with a seaview! – at Goa restaurant with some of the ComperCon ladies and their other halves (plus Steve and family!). A lovely end to a lovely day!

I must admit, having such a great day out at ComperCon has tempted me to organise my own comping day for 2018 – watch this space!

12 Responses

  1. chris2468 says:

    sound great fun . . . . hope there will be a similar event somewhere near me . . . . .Wales is so often left out and ignored by promoters

  2. helena says:

    it was amazing day ,loved the quizzes and the fun games and the spot prizes .I came away with mans grooming kit, a bottle of ginger beer, i swopped my prize of new baby hamper for lady toiletieres . We are had a goody bag too .First time I went and on my own but everyone was so happy and very talkative .

  3. rebecca beesley says:

    What an epic event – sounds amazing!!! x

  4. Melissa Lee says:

    This looks like such an amazing day. I was so gutted I couldn’t make it. I would definitely be up for going along if another one happened to be organised at some point! It looks like so much fun.

  5. Teresa Sheldon says:

    Looks a fantastic day would love a day like this in Brighton Di, i dont live that far from Brighton and would be more than happy to do anything to help

  6. toadfinder says:

    Agreed, so great to meet so many like-minded folk – 2018 in Brighton sounds a great plan Di!

  7. Jordan Jarmain says:

    I had an absolute blast and you’ve made my day having my photo on your blog lol glad to have made some new comping friends and hopefully I’ll see you all next time xx

  8. emma louise gough says:

    A great round up of the day Di! It was lovely to meet you and have a cheeky cocktail afterwards! Such a pleasure to meet everyone there, lots of new comping friends made and I’ve picked up a great tip for future raffles….stick to one colour ticket and buy up the whole book if you can lol!

  9. Karen Stirling says:

    Excellent blog. I had such a fab day – I don’t think anyone at the table wanted it to end. Here’s to 2018! Xx

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