Leeds nostalgia: Bingo, gaming and gambling

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Playing games and having a flutter has always been good fun and this week we look back at the arcades, casinos and gaming emporiums of yesteryear.

It’s “Eyes down” at the Classic Amusement arcade, in 1968. The wonderful Ernie Wise was on hand to help open the Coral Bingo Hall in 1979 and many a pinball wizard, complete with supple wrist was nurtured in the arcades of Leeds in the 60s.

Classic Amusement arcade in 1968.

Classic Amusement arcade in 1968.

On a more unusual note Leeds was the venue for gatherings of serious backgammon players and in 1971 the city was the location for the eyebrow raising British “Go” Congress.

In 1962, the year that Sean Connery first took to the screen as James Bond, the rattle of roulette balls was heard at the opening of the Foxhill Club in an evening of green baize, cigar smoke and velvet evening 
wear.

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