Bingo! Eyes down for a full house - 1970s style

Laura Davies with 1970s bingo machine rescued from Todmorden Bowling Club
Laura Davies with 1970s bingo machine rescued from Todmorden Bowling Club

LEGS 11, two fat ladies and Kelly’s Eye could all make a vintage appearance next week at the Bramsche in Todmorden as a new bingo craze takes hold.

The popular numbers game has been revived in true 1970s style by Laura Davies, who has restored the 1971 Roto-Thro machine to its original glory.

The bingo machine will take pride of place at the bar on Thursday, September 27, for an evening of fun, laughter and mystery prizes for those lucky enough to get a line or a full house.

The Roto-Thro uses air to blow its numbered balls around a transparent case, delivering its choice to the bingo caller.

Laura said: “It is purely for the comedy aspect - it is such a brilliant machine, a classic retro piece.”

The machine, which was lying unused in the bowling pavilion at Centre Vale Park, has already given hours of fun to Castle Hill School youngsters who enjoyed an evening of bingo with their grandparents.

Everyone is welcome to “look in” at Bramsche, Rochdale Road, next Thursday (8.30pm) and dressing in 1970s clobber is encouraged.