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Who says bingo is a game for grannies?

Who says bingo is a game for grannies?

One Black Country bingo hall had given the age old game of numbers a 2010 make over – it’s glow in the dark, it’s laden with innuendo and the luminous dabber pens are scrawled over people's faces as much as on the game card.

Or as leopard print clad host Lee Cowdell describes it – “It’s racy, it’s rude, and very very naughty.”

While it may send traditionalists running for their walking sticks, groups of party goers regularly turn out for ‘Binglo’ at Mecca in Oldbury.

At 9.30 every Saturday night the lights are turned down, the smoke machines are turned on and box full of glow sticks are handed out.

The sound of Lady Gaga bombing out of the speakers is interrupted with dirty jokes and the bingo caller Lisa Ryan is dressed in fishnets and a basque.

“You’re so ugly it’s a crime – number 39,” she says.

“No boys, I didn’t fall from heaven – number 11.”

While the numbers are called two ‘Binglets’, dressed in tu-tus and glittery hats, work the crown, getting players ‘dabbered up’, by scribbling with the luminous pens over their faces, and any winners are hauled up on stage.