On the first day of Christmas, Web Apps gave to me; a party in an art gallery!

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

The word legendary is used quite liberally these days, often by us, and often when attempting to describe the calibre of the social scene here at Web Applications UK. It’s easy, especially in the diluted context of the word’s modern-day colloquial usage, to accuse someone of hyperbole when they dub something as legendary. That being said – having witnessed it first hand – I’m not sure of a more appropriate way to sum up the Webbie Christmas do than, well, legendary.

On Friday 5th Dec, colleagues, partners, ex-Webbies and friends gathered at Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley St. for what would soon turn out to be a memorable night. Guests were shown upstairs for an intimate drinks reception in the historical Pre-Raphaelite gallery, where we were serenaded by a string quartet and a solo harpist. As we mingled upstairs, Ivor, a caricaturist, offered his services, and we got the first glimpse of some hilarious superimposed employee-portraits, put together by designer Rik (See below – SE Ian Munro as Admiral Nelson. No word on whether Jeff’s appearance as Napoleon was in some way subliminal).
We were summoned to dinner at 7:40, where CE Craig welcomed everybody and promised his usual pre-main course speech would be (relatively) short. It was at that point he cleared his throat, and unfurled a narrative poem entitled ‘How The Metro Stole Christmas’, a classic tale of the triumph of good over evil in the face of overwhelming odds, in the style of Dr. Seuss. It was certainly an alternative introduction to a turkey dinner! Craig also had the pleasure of announcing the promotion of Craig Kennedy to Managing Director of Web Applications – Congrats to Craig K., and all the best in the new role.

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Following tradition, after dinner we found out the winners of the Webbie Awards – see my next blog – and the Christmas quiz. I’ve heard some people saying the quiz this year was particularly difficult this year, though I personally can’t comment, having written it! Congrats to winners, table 4, who bagged themselves a very well-earned bottle of Moet. After dessert and coffee, things began to get real, and we were lured into the bar/disco by the charismatic DJ Adam Carr, where some absolutely deadly dance moves were deployed…

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Meanwhile, Mark was fulfilling his destiny and ordering a stack of jagerbombs, and Kenners was continuing his enthusiasm for the selfie-stick!

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As usual, the Webbie Xmas party lived up to its legendary reputation, and I’m sorry it’s over. Even if organising it was exhausting, I can’t wait for next year.

The full gallery of superimposed employees and photo album from the night can be perused on our Facebook page.