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Springfords staff visited the beautifully restored Carberry Tower (pictured below), near Musselburgh, recently for their annual outing. Carberry Tower is steeped in history (visit their website here for more details) - Mary Queen of Scots surrendered to her rebellious nobles on Carberry Hill in 1567 and more recently it was home to Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister of the late Queen Mother.
A thankfully dry afteroon was kicked off with a Treasure Hunt within the 35 acres of stunning grounds. Teams had to not only navigate their way round the course, they had to collect stars and other items and tackle obstacles - I'm happy to report that everyone made it and are now safely back at their desks!
Teams then had to get creative for the Carberry Cocktail Challenge - each team had to create a cocktail, give it a name and a slogan, design a t-shirt then present the whole package to the judges, Jane Carmichael and Anne Turner from our Admin team who organised the event. The winning cocktail was "The Springfords Spritzer" (pictured here). Here's the recipe if you want to try it at home:
One part midori, one part bacardi to 2 parts apple juice and 2 parts soda (plus a straw, an umbrella and fruit).
Various quizzes were thrown in over the afternoon and whilst the judges totted up the scores everyone played rounders or snooker to work up an appetite for the evening barbecue. The overall winners were the Yellow Perils team consisting of Anne Crawford (Admin Group), Julie Zasada (Private Tax Group). Linda Johnstone (Payroll Group), Iain Beveridge (Business Group), Findlay Paul and Kirsty Ashworth (Audit Group).
Many people agreed that the food was the best we've had yet as another successful Springfords outing was rounded off with a games evening.