Although the exact origins of bingo are somewhat of a mystery, it is widely thought that it began life in Italy, evolving from the Italian Lottery ‘Lo Guioco del Lotto D’Italia’. The game moved from country to country and is understood to have arrived in England in the early 1920s - it soon spread nationwide, with Grimsby being no exception and has been in play for what is believed to be 100 years. During the early years, bingo mainly featured at fairs and carnivals but following the growth of the television network in the mid 1950s and, with the subsequent decline of local cinema popularity, bingo halls soon started replacing the redundant cinema houses during this time. Members of the older generation will recall Rank and other Associated British cinemas, who had no choice but to close down their smaller cinemas completely. The larger ones were frequently converted into dance halls or bowling alleys. One idea was to split the venues between cinema showings and bingo … [Read more...] about Bingo’s 100th birthday
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The Great British tradition of a game of bingo has been massively turned on its head in the past few years and a night is in the diary for a Tyneside club that looks like being an instant sell out. Now when you heard the word bingo a few years ago you'd be forgiven for thinking of dabbers and blue rinses, but now bingo has taken on a life of it's own that has catapulted the past-time to a whole new level. First came Bongo's Bingo, which has been packing out Boiler Shop for over two years now and then there was Bingo Revolution, which has hosted huge events like one at Newcastle Christmas Village and will soon join forces with Filthy's bar in the Bigg Market for Filthy Comedy Bingo. And now there's a wild bingo night coming up at a venue you might be surprised by. On June 14, Wardley Club will play host to Bingo Bonkaz - with cheesy music and crazy prices on the menu. A spokesperson for the club told Chronicle Live: "We're bringing the community together for a fun filled night of what … [Read more...] about Wardley Club to host Bongos Bingo-style night and it sounds wild!
PUBLISHED: 14:45 15 February 2019 Mark Boggis New landlords David Taylor and Lisa Doughty at The Old Blue Anchor pub in Lowestoft. Picture: Mark Boggis Archant A high street pub is set to open its doors once more after a major refurbishment. New landlords have taken over at The Old Blue Anchor in Lowestoft following a £50,000 investment from Punch Taverns.The new publicans, David Taylor and Lisa Doughty are keen to “drive the pub forward in the community,” after weeks of hard work to transform the venue on Lowestoft High Street.Charlie Ashwell, operations manager for Punch Taverns in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “I look after 32 pubs in the area and for me David and Lisa have been an absolute joy to work with.“I think the community is so lucky to have them – they will be excellent publicans.“The pub has been given a new lease of life with roughly a £50,000 investment into the site. This was a big decision for … [Read more...] about New lease of life as high street pub reopens following £50,000 investment
Bold plans to turn a former Mecca Bingo building and town centre car park into a multi-million pound leisure complex have been revealed.Ashford Borough Council (ABC) hopes to partially demolish the ex-Odeon, flattening the rear of the property and knocking through the former entrance in the Lower High Street to make a pedestrian route leading to a new public square on the car park.The space - nicknamed Odeon Square - is set to feature a large outdoor cinema screen surrounded by cafes and bars.VIDEO: Plans for Ashford town centre redevelopment revealed A micro brewery and pizzeria are planned alongside a taco bar and delicatessen, as well as new studios.Bosses say bulldozing the rear of the landmark 1930s building will open up views of St Mary's Church.Despite looking to knock through the former cinema entrance, chiefs plan to retain most of the frontage, creating an indoor performance space in the former ballroom on the first floor above the former foyer.A residential development also … [Read more...] about New pictures reveal bold plans for town centre
One look at his strawberry gateau usually sends his customers drooling - but that's not the only thing proving popular at a Teesside coffee shop. Beer battered fish and hand cut chips have hit the menu recently and the orders are flying in at Alf's Coffee Shop. Just ask owner Alf Burke, who took over the premises on The Causeway in Billingham a few months before Christmas. Trade is steady, he says, and the atmosphere at the coffee shop is a good one. Billingham, he says is definitely not dead and he's sick of people saying it is. "We are doing ok," says Alf, 46. "But I'm sick of people saying Billingham is dead. "The town centre has a lot of little independent businesses going on - there's a butchers shop and a jeweller. "It has had a lot of closed down shops which have led to a bit of a bad reputation. "People think Billingham's a dead town, it is not. I just wanted to highlight that." The footfall on market days is good, he says and big shops like Argos and Boots still have a … [Read more...] about ‘I’m sick of people saying Billingham’s dead’ says new cafe owner