So the Official Company BBQ has come and gone. Feeling fairly flat after a fantastic night, Kat and I will cherish the brief moment of relief before getting our teeth into making plans for Webbie Christmas. I say our teeth, though I will only have a wayward molar or two involved compared to Kat, who this year has taken the torch of chief event organiser from Naomi.
We held the event on The Great John Street Hotel’s lovely roof terrace, which we originally found in our search for a Christmas party venue. The terrace, nestled in Castlefield’s gorgeous skyline, was filled with Webbies by half 7, and the BBQ was laid out by 8 – a delicious range, featuring lamb and beef burgers, cajun chicken skewers, chilli glazed pork ribs, salmon and king prawn kebabs, and cod en papillote with cherry tomoato and red onion. As we sat down and tucked in, Chief Exec. Craig Dean said a few words – he thanked us for all our hard work (and promised there would be plenty more to come!), and made sure everyone knew to thank Kat for her hard work putting the event together.
It being an official event, there was of course a free bar – unfortunately for Mark, his signature drink, The Jägerbomb, was not on the approved menu! Against the backdrop of a stunning sunset, we took it easy for an hour or two playing card games, including the now notorious Webbie version of Cards Against Humanity.
Tim, perhaps filled with a maverick confidence after a few beverages, finally challenged Dale to the arm-wrestle they have long been exchanging banter about. Having witnessed it first hand, I can attest that it appeared to be a fairly demanding contest for the two of them. Tim eventually won through the use of trickery, making Dale laugh before going in for the kill.
Kat’s idea for a hat full of ‘strike-a-pose’ forfeits went down well, especially once everyone had um, loosened up. Here are some examples which include Andrew T. as a tiger, me as a pirate, and some other typically strange Webbie behaviours.