Mecca Bingo gave members the chance to vote on which calls they wanted to replace the traditional shouts and have now introduced a fresh batch of terms. They include ‘Selfie Queen’ for 17 and ‘Moobs’ for 88, as well as ‘Adele’ for 25 and ‘Hipster Heaven’ for 27.
Caroline Webb, a spokesperson for Mecca Bingo, said in the Daily Mirror: “With bingo attracting record numbers of younger players, we wanted to tap into the resurgence of interest in the game, and what better way than by refreshing one of the most iconic things about bingo – its calls for the numbers!
“Bingo calls are rarely used in Britain’s bingo halls these days, so the trial of 21st century-inspired calls is sure to ignite excitement amongst regular players. Likewise, the references to modern culture phenomena and trends, such as hipsters and Tinder, and massive stars, like Adele and Little Mix is likely to appeal to the increasingly younger crowd which can be found playing bingo.”
You can check out a list of traditional bingo calls or head down to your local Mecca Bingo club to hear all the new nicknames, which include the following shouts:
Number 1: YOLO (You Only Live Once) - Previously Kelly’s Eye
Number 6: Little Mix - Previously Tom Mix
Number 7 - Popular with Strictly’s Len Goodman - Previously Lucky Seven
Number 8: Tinder Date - Previously Garden Gate
Number 17: Selfie Queen - Previously Dancing Queen
Number 22 - I Don’t Know About You - Previously Two Little Ducks
Number 25: Adele - Previously Duck and Dive
Number 27: Hipster Heaven - Previously Duck and a Crutch
Number 66: Historic US Route - Previously Clickety Click
Number 69: Netflix & Chill - Previously Anyway Up
Number 88: Moobs - Previously Two Fat Ladies