Bingo in Spalding for ex-forces charities

Some of those gathered at Majestic Bingo.
Some of those gathered at Majestic Bingo.
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A regular column from Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.

Majestic Bingo hosted a special event on Sunday afternoon at Spalding’s Regent Bingo Club to help raise money for Armed Forces Charities and the work they do to help ex-servicemen, ex-servicewomen and their families.

Majestic Bingo’s chief executive Mark Jepp readily offered Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn the facilities at Regent Bingo in Westlode Street and many local service veterans came along and spent a very pleasant three hours at the club under the watchful eye of manager Justin and his staff.

A raffle was held and the sum raised was £1,000, helped by a generous donation from Regent Bingo. The cash raised will be shared equally between SSAFA, The Royal Naval Association, The Lincolnshire Regimental Association, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. Local representatives from all these associations took part in the event. Coun Rodney Grocock was present along with councillors Angela Newton, Graham Dark and Jack McLean, and all played, for some, their first game of bingo. Coun Grocock kindly presented sashes to the 2016 deputy Tulip Queen and the two ambassadors, all of whom were chosen during the Christmas Light Switch on in December; unfortunately the 2016 Tulip Queen was away but will receive her sash shortly.

Large quantities of tasty buns and cakes were very kindly donated by Bakkavor many thanks to Terry Moore, local RBL president and his staff. Any pledges of no chocolate for Lent were plainly forgotten during the event and all went home with buns to spare.

Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn, organiser of the event, said she was delighted at the turnout, especially considering it was held on a Sunday afternoon. Regent manager Justin said the afternoon had gone very well and the crowd was much bigger than usual, no doubt due to Jan’s own admission of pestering many people to come along.

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