Seeing the news that bingo hall player Sally Melia has celebrated her 103rd birthday in true bingo style at her regular haunt of the Mecca Bingo Hall in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, we all started to wonder at the Bingo Hideout what the record for the oldest bingo player would be. From recent big birthdays being celebrated in the bingo world it would certainly seem that Mecca Bingo hall player Sally is not a complete rarity and nowhere near as rare as you might think. Hearing about Sally is a testament to how bingo can keep the body and mind active and healthy, and yet another reason for the government to reduce the taxation faced by the bingo industry – think of the savings for the NHS!
A Mecca happy birthday for Sally!
Sally has been visiting the Mecca Bingo hall for the last 43 years and as a special thank you to their oldest customer Mecca Bingo put on a very special birthday party for her. The Mecca Bingo hall staff arranged for a cake and for balloons to be arranged to make her feel like a Mecca bingo queen for the day. The sprightly 103 year old loves her regular trips to the Mecca Bingo Hall and would be very disappointed if she couldn’t make them any more and is ever hopefull of that elusive big jackpot win. Her one upset is that she cannot enjoy a smoke at the Mecca Bingo hall anymore and believes that if you reach over 100 then you should be excluded from the bingo hall smoking ban!
Who is the oldest bingo player of them all?
Sally Melia is the Mecca Bingo’s oldest registered player but that doesn’t necessarily mean that she is the oldest. We recently reported on another ‘young lady’ celebrating a big birthday, the lady in question Anne Webster – a Buckingham Bingo player – was celebrating her 102nd birthday in May this year. If you know of any other bingo players who are celebrating birthdays and are over a century old we would love to hear about them, certainly these dedicated bingo players should have their five minutes of bingo fame!
All the team at Bingo Hideout would like to wish Sally a very happy 103rd birthday and may your dabber keep going for many years to come!