The bingo hall on Foljambe Road welcomes fans of all ages and provides a great place for players to socialise. Gaynor Lawton has made regular solo appearances at the venue for half a decade and is overjoyed with the neighborly atmosphere: “Everyone is lovely and friendly - you can talk to anyone, have a joke and you very rarely get an argument,” the grandmother-of-two told the Derbyshire Times. The 65-year-old, whose largest win to date was £1,000, is also a big fan of playing within her means: “I don’t come if I don’t win. Some people go mad and spend hundreds of pounds - that would frighten me to death.”
The lure of big wins can also help draw in the crowds, with a good number of lucky members having won jackpots in the region of £25,000 this year alone. Andy Skene, Mecca’s operations manager, claims that emotions can run high during particularly passionate rounds of the game: “We have tears, we have laughter, we get the whole spectrum. We had one lucky winner who was shaking and crying over £25,000.” It is often the lure of sizeable windfalls that draws in the younger members of the community, each looking to strike lucky before heading out on the town. This mixture of youth and experience helps to maintain a warm, communal feeling around the venue.
The hall, which recently received a £500,000 makeover, often welcomes regular members, but is always on the lookout for a flurry of fresh faces, whether alone or as part of a group, to inject more excitement into the game: “With any new members, we try to sit them with people who can show them what to do,” said Andy. “One of the things about bingo is that you can go out on your own to play it.”
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