Guestbook letters and emails
Please Email me any comments you wish to add to this page
My name is Graham and I reside in Newcastle
Australia, I came across your website by accident and found it very
interesting and inspiring; first let me give you a background of myself, I
am co - author of a pinball book (pinball snapshots) with Marco Rossignoli;
Marco as you may already know is author of two other pinball books (The
complete pinball book and Pinball memories) that he wrote prior to our
commitment to this series.
Hope you are well, as you know I operated a large amount of Bingo's in East Anglia during the early 1960's. I see you are asking about Service engineers for Bingo's in the London Area. I don't know that there are many left around but if you contact Pat at Paulamatics in Norwich, he is still in business and was the second best engineer of bingo's that I ever knew, I say the second best because there was a guy in Holland called Kreil who worked for Hobea N.V in Amsterdam and he was the best I ever knew. I am at this time getting ready to retire and spend more time on writing my book's on about my life and the other is about Coin Operated equipment found on Ebay, I am 63 years young and have just become a Father to a beautiful little girl called Rachelle. So I am taking it a little easier now. I have just started selling some of my Coin Operated collectables and have just advertised some original Bingo pictures on Ebay, you may want to look under Pinballs-Paper and Manuals. Keep up the good work I have not given up on the Calendar idea I will stay in touch best regards from the U.S.A.
Here is my story and
connection to the reasons I love the bingos and how I became totally
addicted to them, plus what they mean to me today.
Just found your Web and enjoyed all the great pictures and storys.I'm just a Bingo'er from way back and last year got my first one.Since then I've purchased a couple more,some in not to good condition.I found out that I have more fun repairing them,it's quite a challenge.I've had some great help from Danny Leach,Phil Hopper and Vic Camp.They pointed me in the right direction of my problems.Playing is fun but when you get into a Bingo and repair it yourself it makes playing fantactic.Later--ED
Keep up the great
work, people like you are so badly needed to keep the History of the Bingo
Machines alive. from your friend in the U.S.A.
Just received and finished the prints of three backglasses. They look wonderful, you can't see the difference with the original. Thanks Christopher for this splendid job.
You guys Rock! -
Love the site!
Greetings from an happy "Laguna Beach" owner! :-)
Hi Ballybingo,As you know I was a Bally Bingo operator in East Anglia in the early 60's. I had a location in The Riverside Cafe in Riverside Rd, Norwich. this location had 3 bingo's, Broadway, Showtime and Bikini, Across the road was a Petrol Station owned by a man named Mr Story, every time I went to this location this guy would be in there playing the Bingo's, I used to have to go to this location every night to give the location sixpences to pay out his customers, (this was the best location in Norwich 1,000 pounds a week) I told this guy to not play the machines so much AS HE WOULD GO BROKE, He wanted to fight me and told me to mind my own business, he went broke within a year.
Hi.I want to congratulate you on your new Website, I just wrote you a long History of bingo's but it would not Submit, so I will send by e-mail. Best Regards.Freddy Bailey-PresidentAng lo British Vending Inc."Serving The Industry Since 1955"
Just picked up a Challenger Bingo made by a company called Sorex out of Belgium. I'd like to contact Mick Fisher and help him get his game back in order but I don't have his email address. I'm also looking for documentation on my game. Robert McHenry
Hi UK bingo addicts,Love your site and admire your work done of restoring backglasses.Send you a tiny pic of a selection of my bingo's.See you around.Frans Ballybingo:Hi FransThanks for leaving a picture with some of your bingo's. I look forward to seeing them for myself later in the year. Keep up your good work in the restoration of these wonderful old machines
Nice site! I used to play a Golden Gate in the backroom of a small diner in the Bon-Air section of Richmond back in the mid 70's.I bought Jeff Lawtons Bally Bingo book 3 months ago which got me fired up to play again. I couldn't find a place to play so one month ago I bought a working Bikini game and have not stopped playing since. Still have never hit 3 in the blue. Wife is now a bingo widow. one more game ... one more game ... one more game ...Cheers!!!
2Hi, I've just come across your site following a recommendation from David Cross. I used to play these things in a couple of Cafes in Lewisham, one was next door to the Odeon cinema,[now a round about! The other cafe was opposite a Pub called the Roebuck [still there] to the left hand side of the Cinema, in a grotty cafe called 'Bottys' I also have a love of old EM Pinball machines, and I would like to add one or two good Bingo's to my collection. Perhaps we could look at doing a swap or something? Look at what I have on the website or my collector entry in the Mr Pinball site. Many thanksDoug.
hoping to start collecting, or even just play again, my youth
Hi,what a brilliant site.I too am a bingo lover from way back when.I spent 25 years looking for a machine and 4 years ago a very nice guy called KAI found me one. While the missus watches Emerdale I fire her up (the bingo that is)and return to my youth,heaven,That is until recently.She is not a well lady(the bingo)and she desperately needs a doctor .Can anyone help her?She is a relatively young lass ( i did try for a more mature lady but i just could not pull at that time)but she has given me many happy hours and I miss her dearly.Her name is GOLDEN CONTINENTAL TURBO Made by SOREX of BELGIUM.Please help i keep telling the missus i am not interested in what Jack Sugden is getting up to "int top field" but she is gradualy wearing me down. All the best for the future
Hello, I have just taken delivery of a Bally Cypress Gardens machine and I am so happy to see this wonderful site, i used to play 25 years ago and have always wanted to own one, i am not able to play at the moment as it needs some minor attention (I hope) I would appreciate any information or links to get it running properly or in touch with someone who knows how to fix my machine Many Thanks Dave
I wasn't tall enough but as my uncle had a transport Cafe there were plenty of stools for me to sit on to reach.....He had a Miss America and what was probably a Key West at one and a Carnival Queen and an OK (I don't remember the name) at his other cafe. The original cafe was at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, (on the A10 just by what is now the M25 junction - it was a Little Chef last time I passed) and the other one was in Hertfordshire as well, (Hoddesdon). Typical 60's jobs with Espresso machines and juke boxes with Coke, Pepsi and 7up in glass bottles. Friday night was the time when the drivers came in with their pay packets - no wonder they outlawed gambling on these beauties. Many a happy hour was spent (miss-spent?) in Drakes cafe and latterly Rons cafe in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, neither of which exist now, playing bingo's instead of lessons......Am I sad or just getting old? Thru threepenny bits to tanners and on to 5p's.Sorry to take up the space on your guest book. I will take some piccies and forward them on as soon as I get a chance. Regards
Hi to all you bingo nuts - like the site good to see the pics of UK machines. I have a Carnival Queen, (bought from Dave Countdown), which drives me mad - even though I don't have to put the money in.....I hope to restore it one day so be ready for the cries for help from deepest Lancs. PS first started playing these at around age 4 - is that a record?
Nice new site Chris best regards Mal ('56 Big Show)
I am finally looking over your new site. Only took me 4 months but I finally got here. I am glad everyone is enjoying my book. Lots of good memories went into it. The book is a true labor of love.
Hi! I love people spending time doing this kind of web sites that preserve our priceless piece of past: bingos and pinballs (my loves). I have started in 1999 buying a Williams Big Daddy em pinball in a "Pinball Cemetery", uptown Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some guy told me "... congratulations! for the first among much more that will come..." I never believe in those words, but now, I have more than 20 pins (all em) and one bingo Bally Big Time. I am sure all of you enjoy looking pictures, reading specifications, finding out more about the initial creators, en so on...Play them and feel the passion of those precious times...
Hi Bingo Fans, In 1962-66 I owned a company in Norfolk called Automatic Games and Music Ltd. I operated a full line of Coin Operated Games, Including "Treble Chance", "Super Treble Chance", "Rainbow Belle", "Lolly Dolly", "Gold Cup", "De-Luxe Goldcup" and "Musuma Belle all these machines were by Bally, I also operated many "Bingo's" from "Dude Ranch" to "Bikini", in Norfolk the most popular "Bingo's" was "Show Time" and "Beach Time" also "Broadway" ; and "Key West" were very popular, I had these games in most of the Steward & Patterson and Bullards Pubs in the area, Lowestoft was a great town to operate "Bingo's" because the fishing industry was booming and the Scotch visitors had plenty of Sixpences to put in our games. I purchased my first Bingo in 1959 from Kraft Automatics in London, This machine was on Threepenny Pieces and I installed it in a all-night cafe in Loughborough in Leicestershire, it took 11 pounds the first day and then burnt out a motor, I found a guy to fix it that was working part time for Jimmy Fletcher a arcade owner in Birmingham, this guy was still in the Army and helped Jimmy to repair games in his arcade, The guy's name was Dave Wilcox he later became Managing Director of Associated Leisure Ltd the largest Distributors of Games in the U.K. Freddy Bailey
Not really a collector but own a Malibu Beach. Get great pleasure from playing machine. Can troubleshoot and repair my machine.
Hi to all bingo fans everywhere, and well done to Chris for making this site for us bingo fans in the UK. Still looking for more machines and parts etc ( arent we all? ) Any info, get in touch
Stephen Shackleton [shacky]
Hi Chris here at last, must thank you for the fantastic week end last year when Dave and I visited you, your hospitality overwhelming. its late Sunday evening and not really had time to look over the site but will put it in my favorites and look again when I have more time I think Dave and I are of to Newark on Sunday the 18th of January all being well so I may be able to add something else to my collection, we will have to arrange for yourself and wife to visit us for a week end we have a house in Nelson which is empty at the moment and you are welcome to stay, perhaps when the better weather comes, we could also visit Dave and play his machines which is only one hours drive away so hope to here from you soon Steve Shack
I AM THE BIGGEST BINGO PINBALL COLLECTOR IN CANADA. I HAVE SOME OF MY GAMES IN THE BALLY BINGO BOOK.
Just stumbled on your site via the bingo.cdyn.com link.Keep up the good work on the site although a couple of links are not working on your location map.Look forward to seeing how you progress.