Last Friday afternoon the company threw a party. They called it an "English Tea Party" and invited guests to enter a cake competition. This photo shows that there was no shortage of entrants. As one of the few guests who didn't quite get round to baking a cake - though I like to think it may have been because of my skills as an arbitrator - I was asked to judge the cake competition together with Liz and a young gentleman called Scott who is about to gain some work experience with DC.
We judged the cakes for both taste and appearance on a scale 1 to 10. One being "utter rot" and I am afraid I can't remember the superlative for 10 but it seemed to me to be nigh on unobtainable. In fact, I gave several entries top marks and I don't think anyone got less than 6 from any of the judges. The standard was very, very, very high indeed.
The overall winner was Sarah who baked some delicious cup cakes with the DC branding. But it was a very close win. Another of my favourites was a "Google cake" baked by a father and
daughter team. It was iced to resemble the Google landing page. There were other two lovely cup cakes, two lemon drizzle cakes, yummy chocolate cakes and many others.
But Sarah was a worthy winner and the look on her face was a picture. If only I had the presence of mind to record her facial expressions and squeals of delight.
The photo doesn't really do justice to Sarah's dress which was lovely. A full skirt with lots of frothy petticoats. As delicious as a morning cappuccino on the shores of Lake Maggiore. And Sarah wasn't the only lady to look terrific. Rosy also wore a lovely dress as did Liz herself and all her colleagues.
The party was a great opportunity for me to meet not only DC's staff and customers but also the animators, developers and other contractors who have contributed to the company's success. There is a small but growing cluster of creative businesses in Sowerby Bridge and it will be interesting to follow their progress. We wish Digital Consortium and its community the best of luck.
PS. Liz Robinson writes: