Eyes down for these memories from Sunderland's bingo halls - which famous faces can you spot?

We’re hoping to trigger great memories with these 15 retro scenes from Sunderland’s bingo halls.

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 2:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th September 2019, 11:09 am
Coronation Street's Rita Fairclough played by actress Barbara Knox at the opening of the refurbished Gala bingo in 1992.

Each of them is a nostalgic reminder of that popular pastime which pulls in punters all over Wearside.

So it’s eyes down for a look at our bingo pictures and get in touch if this brings back memories.

Here's another Corrie star! This time, it is Reg Holdsworth, alias Ken Morley, who was a huge attraction when he visited the Regal bingo at Concord, Washington in 1994 and here he is checking the bingo numbers of the players. Were you there?

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Who could be more welcome at the Top Rank than Bobby Thompson in 1983.
Gala Bingo in Pallion gets the spotlight in this scene from 2005.
The Top Rank Club in Bedford Street in September 1983. Did you love to pay a visit?
Thirty seven years ago, staff of the Top Rank Bingo Hall held a sponsored vigil in the cellar of the hall. Who recalls this?
Lots of players in action. Do you love a game?
They were packing them in at the Savoy Bingo Southwick in 1996. Spot anyone you know?
Hoping for a full house in 1968 but does anyone recognise the scene?
A right royal do helped raise funds for the Marie Currie charity when staff at Mecca Bingo, Sunderland dressed up for Jubilee Day. Remember this in 2012?
It's a special Friday the 13th bingo session at the Mecca Bingo in Holmeside. Were you pictured having fun in 2012?
Here's a scene from Sunderland Mecca in 2010 where rehearsals were held for a new talent contest. Remember this?
Martha Craig (71) from Southwick, was named the Pancake Queen of the Pallion Road Gala Bingo Club in 1993. But how did she do when she went on to the national finals?
Look at the prizes on offer at the Top Rank in November 1986.
Staff at Mecca Bingo, Holmeside, Sunderland were helping raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2011.
Are you a fan of bingo on Wearside and what have your best memories been over the years? Share them by emailing [email protected]