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Truro’s Great British Grub to run St. George’s Day quiz

Chris Elgee runs the Great British Grub restaurant in Truro with his wife Jane, a hangout for local Anglophiles.
Chris Elgee runs the Great British Grub restaurant in Truro with his wife Jane, a hangout for local Anglophiles. - Fram Dinshaw
TRURO, N.S. —

Local fans of Doctor Who and Premier League soccer can test their knowledge of all things British at a special St. George’s Day trivia night.
Billed as a fun evening out at Great British Grub for Truro’s Anglophiles, proceeds will go towards the British Home Children and Descendants Association of Nova Scotia.
“This quiz is not about St. George, it’s stuff like Coronation Street, questions about Downton Abbey,” said Chris Elgee, owner of Great British Grub. “We’re not mentioning Brexit on the quiz.”
Elgee said the quiz will even include a few questions from Britain’s citizenship test.
Meantime, trivia players can quench their thirst with authentic British beers such as Boddington’s and Newcastle Brown Ale.
Elgee said the pub-style quiz was part of his efforts to promote British culture, items of which are displayed on the walls of his restaurant, from soccer team scarves to an old cricket bat.
Indeed, it is a culture that echoes around the world, from 1990s Britpop bands to the global popularity of cricket and soccer.
“We’ve had people from India and Pakistan come in and they’ve seen our cricket bat,” said Elgee.  
However, the British Home Children are a reminder of a darker time in British history.
From 1869 to 1948, more than 100,000 British children were sent to Canada as domestic or farm workers. 
Most children were sent from orphanages, workhouses, or because they were born out of wedlock. They did not have a choice when leaving their home country.
The British Home Children and Descendants Association says one out of every eight Canadians today is descended from a British Home Child.
“It saddens me a little bit that it happened in that way, but there were probably people involved who thought they were genuinely helping these kids,” said Elgee.
The Great British Grub quiz starts at 6:30 p.m. on April 23. Tickets are $20 and Elgee said teams of four people are best. 
For more information, visit the Great British Grub Facebook page or call 902-897-5620.  

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