The WhichBingo team has a bit of a tradition in that when a new member of staff joins us we have a night out at the bingo. This makes for some interesting conversations as most of the team is male and, despite huge strides forward in removing the old image of bingo as being for older ladies, these young, hot blooded, testosterone fueled hunks(???) I work with would really rather be anywhere else.
That was even more the case last week when it turned out our latest recruit had never played a game of bingo before that was not online, not even as a youngster at the seaside, so had absolutely no idea how the whole thing worked. It was a totally alien world.
The good news is that Mecca Bingo at Mayfair in Leeds made the experience totally enjoyable for us all, whether we were seasoned pros or complete beginners.
Helen the Duty Manager and runner Vicky looked after us really well all night. Vicky was especially patient in explaining how everything worked to our non-bingo players throughout the session. Even to the extent of half way through the session transferring their paper books to the hand held electronic terminals as two of our party missed out on prizes by calling too late!
That worked a treat. The evening was dubbed a resounding success when we managed a couple of more wins, with our complete bingo virgin going on to win two lines and a full house prize and walking away with £115!
I’m not saying that the boys are going to be Mecca Bingo regulars, but they did enjoy themselves in the end, especially the reasonably priced alcohol and the great selection of food.
I’ll be going again soon and I’ll be on the lookout to see if any of them are there and trying to keep their new found favourite pass time a closely guarded secret!
You can find your nearest club at the Mecca Bingo online site and right now there are ten cars up for grabs by players – 5 at land based clubs and 5 more online.