In mid-November 2021, one of the UK’s best-known bingo operators achieved its dream of breaking a world record title. The challenge formed part of Mecca Bingo’s 60th birthday celebrations and involved both staff and customers uploading birthday wishes videos.
On Saturday, 13th November 2021 history was made when Mecca Bingo was able to confirm that it had officially broken a Guinness World Record.
In the weeks building up to the big night, the operator had been encouraging visitors to both its land-based bingo halls and online bingo site to help them achieve the new title. The mission was pretty simple, as all you needed to do was record a 10-second personalised video greeting wishing the brand a happy birthday.
What exactly is the record Mecca broke?
Mecca now holds the Guinness World Record for “the most videos of birthday wishes/greetings uploaded to a bespoke platform in one hour”. It might be a bit of a mouthful, but it certainly sounds impressive! WTG Mecca!
How was the record achieved?
More than 267 videos were uploaded in just one hour, and the recordings were submitted by regular bingo players, Mecca Bingo employees, and an impressive number of celebrities including reality TV star Jess Impiazzi, Susan Hill, Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor, Gogglebox legend Sandi Bogle, Anthony Costa and Duncan James from Blue, and TOWIE’s Bobby Norris.
The world record was confirmed live during a massive 60th birthday party that was held simultaneously at Mecca’s 71 UK bingo clubs, and following the announcement, players got to enjoy live music and special bingo games.
One of the Guinness World Records’ official adjudicators says that the title was “no easy feat”, and breaking it was “a fitting way to celebrate 60 years of wins and grins”.
What other bingo-related world records exist?
You might be surprised to hear that there are 3,691 references to bingo on the official Guinness World Records website. They include the largest bingo ticket, the greatest win at in-house bingo, the largest game of bingo, the biggest online bingo win, and the largest set of bingo balls. The Sun Bingo and Gala Bingo are past record holders of bingo records, but their feats have been surpassed in the last few years.