Christine Routledge, from Bingley, was today crowned Queen of Yorkshire by Jet2.com, Yorkshire's leading leisure airline with friendly low fares and Jet2Holidays, package holidays you can trust.
Christine correctly answered all 50 questions in the 'Grand Yorkshire Quiz', which was designed to test the people of the region's knowledge of their home county. Top scoring Christine is the lucky winner of the first prize of a five star luxury family holiday to Egypt with Jet2holidays. Ten runners up have also won 4 star beach holidays for two people, along with the winners of 500 return flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Jet2.com's city, sun and ski destinations.
Christine, who has three grown-up children, and her partner will spend one week at the luxury five star Baron Palms all-inclusive resort in Ras Nasrani Bay in Egypt. The Andalucian inspired hotel boasts a private beach, state of the art gymnasium and Moroccan baths, plus massage and beauty therapy facilities – perfect for unwinding.
The 50 questions covered topics on everything Yorkshire related from soaps to steel and sports stars to sightseeing. Interestingly, four of the 11 holiday prize winners live in the Bradford area, demonstrating the town's people's knowledge and love of Yorkshire.
The other lucky Jet2holidays winners in the Bradford area are Stuart Wright from Keighley and Andrew Snowden also from Keighley who will each enjoy a seven night holiday for two people at the four star Sunprime Coral Sunsuites and Spa in Tenerife. Andrew Mallinson, from Thackley, also won a week at the Hotel Sol Aloha Puerto in Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol.
Top prize winner Christine, who teaches at Shipley College, said: "I am delighted to have won, it is the first time I've ever won anything! And it is especially great given I've been rewarded for my knowledge on the region as I'm Yorkshire born and bred, although I did move to Mexico for several years. I have been back in the region for 15 years though so I've had lots of time to absorb all the local know-how! That said, some of the questions were really tough and I had to rack my brains, and I even asked one of my relatives who lives in Whitby one of the specific questions about the town. I can't wait for my five-star holiday and can't thank Jet2.com and Jet2holidays enough!"
Philip Meeson, boss of Jet2.com said: "As the leading leisure airline for Yorkshire we wanted to reward those who had a great knowledge and understanding of our home region. We had a fantastic response to the Grand Yorkshire Quiz with over 10,000 entries in just five days. And entrants spanned the country – obviously there were some Yorkshire-wannabes or perhaps ex-tykes keen to put their knowledge to the test! In addition to Christine's five-star holiday, we're delighted to have given away 10 four-star holidays and 500 return flights."
When it comes to the quiz results, across the board the young 'uns put their elders to shame, with those aged 16 to 30 getting a higher average score than those in any of the older age brackets. The over 70s scored the lowest average marks, but still managed a very respectable 39 out of 50. The most 'patriotic' Yorkshire towns were revealed as follows:
Proving the War of the Roses is a long-distant memory, Manchester ranked 24th in the top 50 towns where people took part – the highest ranking of all locations outside of Yorkshire!
Jet2.com established its first base and head office at Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003. It is still the airline's biggest base and this year Jet2.com will fly 1.8 million passengers from the airport to 40 sun, ski and city destinations, employing over 700 local people to help holidaymakers enjoy every minute of their break. The airline is famous for its friendly flight times, allocated seating and generous 22kg baggage allowance.