Up and down the UK there are a whole plethora of independent bingo balls and Coronet Bingo is one of them.
The Didcot bingo hall was founded in 1976 by Norma Carpenter and some four decades later, her great-grandaughter has started work in the venue.
Sweet Sixteen At Coronet Bingo
Alex Foley has not long turned 16 and just started working on a Sunday morning helping to clean up after the busy Saturday night session at the club. When she hits 18 she hopes to be able to work behind the bar.
She said of her new role at the club
It’s lush working as part of the family business that has been going for 40 years.
Although the job means that I earn money, it’s really nice to work with my family
The founder, fondly known as Mrs C, is now 87 and still enjoying her time at the club. Alex is joined by her uncle Laurie Carpenter, 38 and her grandfather John Carpenter, 67.
Her uncle also started work in the family business at the age of 16.
Interesting History At Coronet Bingo
The Coronet was started over 40 years ago by Mrs C and her then husband, Bill. He died shortly after the moved to the Broadway and many didn’t think that she would continue.
Mrs C drew on her family’s long history in the entertainment industry and persevered. She picks up the story and says
It’s not really our club, it belongs to everyone – stuff and customers alike.
It’s unique and whilst there are larger clubs, they probably don’t know their customers like I know mine.
Two of our staff are young girls whose mothers have also worked for me. Some of the staff have been here since the beginning.
People say to me that I am their royal family and sometimes, I do feel a bit like the queen mum. One birthday I received 207 cards! Everyone thinks that I am going to live forever.