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Gordon’s Den is braced for a change to the traditional bingo call as Gordon Brown moves into 10 Downing Street.

From June 27th will use the call “Gordon’s Den, Number 10” rather than the current call, “Tony’s Den, Number 10”.

Bingo parlance for ‘Number 10’ has, over the years, included the names of various prime-ministers. In Bingo’s heyday of the 50s it was “MacMillan’s Den”. The traditional bingo calls fell out of favour in the Meccas and Galas around the country in the 80s and ‘Maggies’s Den’ was the final ‘Number 10’ to be commonly used in bingo halls.

However, when launched in November 2005, it decided to bring back the traditional bingo calls, such as “Two Fat Ladies, 88″. Manager, WayneH, stressed the importance of keeping the traditional bingo calls alive.

“You may not notice it at first, but there’s a whole story behind each of the calls. They not only add a bit of fun to the game, but they also contain lots of references to 20th Century British culture.”

Number 1, Kelly’s Eye
This is a reference to the one eyed Australian gangster Ned Kelly.

Number 9, Doctor’s Orders 
A pill known as ‘Number 9’ was a laxative given out by army doctors in the 1st World War.

Number 17, Dancing Queen
From the ABBA song, Dancing Queen. “You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen…”

Number 39, Those Famous Steps
From the classic book and Hitchcock film ’The 39 Steps’

Number 56, Was she worth it
Five ’n’ six (5 shillings and sixpence) was the cost of a marriage license.

Number 57, Heinz Varieties
Heinz, the makers of baked beans, historically made 57 varieties of products.

Number 59, Brighton Line
The London-Brighton service was the number 59.

Number 76, Trombones
Refers to the brass section musical piece 76 Trombones typically heard at just about every parade you’ll come across.

Number 80, Gandhi’s Breakfast
This is a reference to Gandhi’s famous protest fast. Eight Nothing… or 80… or ate nothing


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