A Sirius-ly Good Webbie Christmas!

The Christmas party is the biggest event in our social calendar. This year, we were lucky enough to secure a truly iconic venue – Manchester town hall – before it closes for six years for a £330m refurbishment project. Walking up the grand staircase to the drinks reception area with its bee mosaic floor, we were greeted by a brass band who set the festive mood with Christmas songs.

When the doors opened to the Great Hall, the full scale of this year’s Harry Potter theme was revealed. In the already Hogwarts-esque setting, the hall had its very own Platform 9 ¾ and a photo booth complete with brooms, a Sorting Hat, and a rather disturbing Dobby mask. Dotted along the stone pillars were eight banners bearing the animals that represent each group in our new team structure.

 

Web Applications UK Christmas party at Manchester Town Hall.

Web Applications UK Christmas party at Manchester Town Hall.
As everyone took their seats, Chief Exec. Craig kicked off proceedings with his customary speech. Highlighting the various personal milestones, social and community events, awards, and company changes that have made 2017 so memorable, it was a welcome look back on what makes Web Apps such an exciting place to be. Following a delicious meal, it was time for the Webbie Awards, which recognise hard work and excellence in our workplace.

Web Applications UK Christmas party at Manchester Town Hall.

As we finished our desserts and moved on to mince pies and coffee, it was time for the Webbie Christmas qiz. After rounds on 2017 and soundtracks to classic Christmas films, we arrived at everybody’s favourite quiz staple: Who’s That Webbie? It’s hard to decide whether Dabledore (a hairy mix of Dale and Dumbledore) or Remus Humphreys (Project Manager Dave and Professor Lupin) was the best mash up, but the image of Brodie Potter (Senior Engineer Brodie and Harry Potter) on his Nimbus 2000 will certainly be burned into everybody’s consciousness until the next quiz!

The final round introduced a new Web Apps innovation: Wiggleboard! Working in pairs, one blindfolded person held a marker pen while the other manipulated a whiteboard to draw their best version of the chosen Wiggleword. The results varied in quality, but the winning pair received a point in what turned out to be a closely fought contest.

That’s Wiggleboard!

Web Applications UK Christmas party at Manchester Town Hall.

As the evening’s official proceedings came to a close, it was time to party! Some hit the dance floor or got dressed up at the photo booth, but most could be found congregating around the Quidditch Pong table to watch Webbies, former Webbies, and partners go to battle, aiming for that tricky snitch cup! The party continued into the early hours, leaving everyone in the Christmas spirit and rounding off another great year.

Web Applications UK Christmas party at Manchester Town Hall.

Many thanks to everyone at the town hall for their help in making the event so memorable, to booth operator Ian Bruce at Northstar Photography, photographer Darren Robinson, and all the Webbies who pitched in with the planning. Now on to preparing for the 2018 event…

Photographs by Darren Robinson.