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  • #31
    Re: pier Amusements

    A few more amusements I remember...

    A shooting game in which the butt end of a rifle stuck out of the machine and there was an eyepiece to look through to see a target. Optics made the target appear far away. You could move the rifle and had one shot at the target. After shooting, the machine dropped a paper target out of a slot and you could see how close you got to the bull.

    A machine gun mounted as to appear like those you would see on old WWI aircraft. Enemy aircraft would fly across and you had to shoot them down, cue flashing lights and sound effects.

    A game where crocodiles would poke their heads out of holes, their mouths would open and you had to use a kind of hammer to bash their mouths shut. The crocodile heads would move in and out faster and faster as the game progressed.

    A football game where you would press various levers to make players run up and down grooves to kick the ball.

    The arcade bingo section where people would sit at boards and a person would shout out the numbers. If you had a number you would slide a little door to cover it. Lots of older woman and young women with babies in pushchairs seemed to play this one.

    Not an amusement, but almost every amusement arcade would have a little cubicle inside which a bored looking person would sit to give change, which would drop down a chute.

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    • #32
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      I have always associated these sort of things a lot more with northern coastal towns such as Blackpool or Scarborough - there seems to be a very northern feel to them, just like bingo and gambling (think of Coronation Street characters doing that sort of thing). I suppose that it is because working class people are more likely to use them when they visit or stay in a coastal town.

      Not quite coastal towns but when the annual Goose Fair comes around at the start of October each year, there are plenty of those sorts of things there as well, although it is only for a maximum of five days in the year.
      Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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      • #33
        Re: pier Amusements

        Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
        I have always associated these sort of things a lot more with northern coastal towns such as Blackpool or Scarborough - there seems to be a very northern feel to them, just like bingo and gambling (think of Coronation Street characters doing that sort of thing). I suppose that it is because working class people are more likely to use them when they visit or stay in a coastal town.

        Not quite coastal towns but when the annual Goose Fair comes around at the start of October each year, there are plenty of those sorts of things there as well, although it is only for a maximum of five days in the year.
        just as many of these down south, living in Kent would see these in loads of towns, also holidays to the Ise of Wight

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        • #34
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          I don't think I saw any when I was in Bournemouth this year, but I suppose that I wouldn't say that there weren't any.
          Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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          • #35
            Re: pier Amusements

            Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
            I don't think I saw any when I was in Bournemouth this year, but I suppose that I wouldn't say that there weren't any.
            Dont tell me Bournemouth pier has vanished just like that.I remember having a cream tea a few years ago lol

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            • #36
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              I was in Southport recently and although i wouldn't normally go into arcades it was raining so my wife and i popped into one for shelter, we decided to pass the time until the rain eased off by wasting a few bob on the machines, we were under no illusions that we might actually profit from this endeavour but as we walked around we became aware that it was never possible to do so as all the machines with the exception of the "10p shove" payed out in in bits of paper and when you had 200 bits of paper you could exchange them for a comb or maybe a fridge magnet ...what a rip!!
              Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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              • #37
                Re: pier Amusements

                Originally posted by tex View Post
                I was in Southport recently and although i wouldn't normally go into arcades it was raining so my wife and i popped into one for shelter, we decided to pass the time until the rain eased off by wasting a few bob on the machines, we were under no illusions that we might actually profit from this endeavour but as we walked around we became aware that it was never possible to do so as all the machines with the exception of the "10p shove" payed out in in bits of paper and when you had 200 bits of paper you could exchange them for a comb or maybe a fridge magnet ...what a rip!!
                Plus the machines are / were always fixed even when they paid out in cash ..


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                • #38
                  Re: pier Amusements

                  Originally posted by amethyst View Post
                  Dont tell me Bournemouth pier has vanished just like that.I remember having a cream tea a few years ago lol
                  I didn't explore every square inch of the town - it's probably because I didn't go on the pier was the reason why I didn't see it for myself.
                  Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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                  • #39
                    Re: pier Amusements

                    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                    I don't think I saw any when I was in Bournemouth this year, but I suppose that I wouldn't say that there weren't any.
                    oh yes a lot have gone now, back back in the 70's and 80' they were everywhere

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                    • #40
                      Re: pier Amusements

                      Not surprised - I am certain that I would have seen them with my own eyes if they were still there.

                      Anyway, the best amusement when you go on holiday is a trip to the theatre.
                      Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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