Among the fun and games on offer were a prize draw, a picture board quiz, a raffle, and a sweepstakes to win, among other things, a Newcastle United shirt signed by Shearer, Given, Duff and Owen, a framed England shirt signed by Shearer, the signed original Wor Al artwork, various other signed goodies, and real cash money. All proceeds from the games went to the NSPCC, as does 50p from every copy of Wor Al sold.
Once again we were amazed by the distances people had travelled specifically to attend our launch. Thanks to everyone who turned out, bought books, coughed up for the games, and helped us raise a few hundred quid for the NSPCC in the process.
Big thanks to Monica Harris for doing the hostess thing (fans should check out her website www.monica-harris.com), Phil Hoffmann for acting as compere, Danny Mitchell for donating the England shirt and representing the NSPCC, Lisa and Ray for handling the book sales, Dave Lynn for organising the sweepstakes, Tony O'Donnell for donating the original artwork. Stu and I really appreciated it, ta.
*Earlier in the day I plugged the launch on BBC Radio Newcastle, and they put together a nice montage of voiced extracts from "Wor Al". Listen to it here (mp3, right click to "save as"). The full interview is on our media page.