We watched the count take place. After several hours, someone passed the word that Farage seemed to have conceded. And then unconceded. We were not the professionals.
Then a mobile phone brought news of the Newcastle on Tyne result - a tiny lead in a university city. It was when we heard the Sunderland result that we dared to start hoping. Gradually the Remain scrutineers left off their industrious scrutinising and clustered in a corner round someone's laptop.
After a professional and good natured count our own university city's result was announced - a remain lead, but a lot less than expected. Surely we weren't going to win? We went home to watch David and Laura on the BBC, who were having an excellent night, and changed channels only when Jeremy Vine appeared with his tedious graphics complicating simple situations.
Unbelievable. We had won.
When Cameron made his referendum commitment to woo UKIP voters, he expected to achieve at best a coalition with the Lib Dems - who would be bound to veto a vote. That he squeaked a majority was thanks to Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, but it meant he had to honour another commitment made in haste.
There had been many miscalculations and close calls along the way. Cameron must have told Angela Merkel that the feeble "renegotiation" would be enough to win him the referendum. And so it would have been against UKIP and various Tory oddballs. But Boris and Gove took the lead in a separate Leave campaign, supported by middle ranking Tory ministers and sane and clear Labour dissenters. To add to Cameron's problems, the Electoral Commission designated them (by a narrow margin, it was said), as the official Leave campaign. And they decided to have nothing to do with Nigel Farage.
Now Dave had a fight on his hands, and he fought as dirty a fight as he could get away with. The government purdah period was to be short; before then the resources of the Treasury were at the disposal of the Remain side, and Cameron spent £9m of state money to send leaflets to everyone promoting his Remain campaign.
When the firepower of "experts" didn't work, Cameron and Osborne resorted to "Project Fear". They staged it ridiculously, because as each economic threat failed to hit its target a new, more dire threat was issued. "Oh, here's another, bigger threat that we somehow didn't mention before."
When an MP was murdered just as the Leave campaign was gaining momentum, Cameron paused the Remain campaign for as long as he could. Leave meekly followed, and when campaigning restarted sombrely, that mood and momentum had gone. Osborne sank his political future with his ludicrous "punishment budget".
But Leave persisted with its clealy false claim that £350m a week would be available to spend on the NHS, which daily looked as if it might prove fatal to leave's credibility, as every interviewer quite reasonably attacked it.
If polling after the referendum is to be believed, the scale if immigration played a large part in people's decisions to Vote Leave, but the biggest issue was sovereignty - on which the Remain side had no answer. Vote Leave Take Control indeed.
Campaigns can show politicians' true nature, as they begin to tire and their guard drops. Apart from the nastiness of Cameron and Osborne, what else did we learn about some of our politicians?
Amber Rudd is nasty and patronising, Angela Eagle is old Labour, Boris is wily and sharp and willing to learn (Peter Oborne, not easily impressed, has described him as a political genius). Gisela Stuart is clear and direct, Dianne Abbott is hectoring and dim, Anna Soubry is hectoring. IDS and Liam Fox have energy, know what they think, and can say so clearly, Ruth Davidson should stay in Scotland, Priti Patel didn't shine as expected, John Mann and Andrea Leadsom are leadership material.
Cameron has compounded his disgraceful conduct of the referendum by abdicating leadership this weekend, but he has a chance to stop sulking when he reports to the Commons (though it seems the government had done no Brexit planning at all). The Tories are in turmoil, Labour are in turmoil, the EU is in turmoil.
Against all the odds the underdogs won thanks to a series of unlikely events. But we won.