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  • Richard1978
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    The North Pier in Blackpool is mostly used for fishing from what I remember.

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  • W1 Rover
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    Originally posted by amethyst View Post
    Who loved to go on the piers whilst on their seaside holidays.

    Maybe the odd loose plank of wood as you were walking along

    If it was a long pier you could jump on the pier train

    Old gents sitting on the seats with a knotted handkerchief on their head

    Amusements I rem the penny one arm bandits

    The machine with a silver marble going around where you had to keep it in play to win fruit polos or something

    The noises of the machines the laughing policeman

    That machine with MONEY and maybe a watch where this arm had to reach for them for you to win,There was a catch it never worked
    I have fond memories of fishing off piers, some of them used to have dedicated areas/platforms where you could cast a line. It really used to be a family type of affair...the kids (including myself) loved it!
    Woolworths fishing tackle... happy days!
    Wish I still had my Winfield Bass Fisher reel

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Quite a few arcades seemed to change the video games for gambling machines after the mid 1990s, when home consoles started to have games as good as the ones found in arcades & owners of arcades found they could make more money from gambling machines.
    I think that the Gambling Commission had a lot to do with the changes.

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  • Richard1978
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    Quite a few arcades seemed to change the video games for gambling machines after the mid 1990s, when home consoles started to have games as good as the ones found in arcades & owners of arcades found they could make more money from gambling machines.

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  • amethyst
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    It was fun these arcades.I suppose those big cash machine jackpots are addictive like the casinos in Vegas people spend hours on those machines.I watched a film once a woman lost everything to the slot machines

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  • W1 Rover
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    There used to be a retro type arcade in Brighton, one of the old vintage amusement machines would administer a short ,sharp electric shock. It was a wooden cabinet with a couple of small metal door knobs at the bottom.
    I can't quite remember how it was activated but you'd drop your predecimal penny into the slot and grasp the metal knobs.....ouch!
    Probably banned now

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  • amethyst
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    Originally posted by W1 Rover View Post
    I remember the old fashioned fruit machines on the pier, there was something satisfying about pulling the lever and feeling a kind of grinding of gears . You'd have to be knocking on a bit to remember that I'm afraid.

    I wonder if anyone else remembers those little horse racing slot machines? You'd bet on which little model jockey would win the race, all very shaky and primitive by today's standards.
    Indeed I do.Also I liked the car racing machine,the wooden machine with chrome marbles think it was the old penny machine

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  • W1 Rover
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    I remember the old fashioned fruit machines on the pier, there was something satisfying about pulling the lever and feeling a kind of grinding of gears . You'd have to be knocking on a bit to remember that I'm afraid.

    I wonder if anyone else remembers those little horse racing slot machines? You'd bet on which little model jockey would win the race, all very shaky and primitive by today's standards.

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  • Semi42
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    Originally posted by amethyst View Post
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    Yes I like the 2p drop fall machine but they have a boxes inside the machines that collects the coins so you dont always get the ones that drop to you
    There was a few “cons” I witnessed regarding the amusement machines like this.
    I seen the owners periodically open the windows on the penny falls machines and move the bonus prizes to the back of the stack,
    also seen them adjust the legs so the machine leans a bit back to shift the coins weight to the rear of the machine.
    I also saw cheating in the sideshow stalls . This one , for a quid a go, you had to knock a stack of tin cans down with three heavy-ish bean bags.
    when they were being set back up by the operator after another unsuccessful attempt, I saw one of the bottom cans roll and stop suddenly as if, well, there definitely was a strong magnet hidden under the plank they were stacked on.
    I remember going on a grab machine, winning twice in a row, (two teddy bears with fivers attached !)when the jubilations of the kids attracted an attendant who asked what was going on, he pulled the plug on the machine.

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  • George 1978
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    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.

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  • cbenee
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    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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  • George 1978
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    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.

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  • Zincubus
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    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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  • tex
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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!!

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  • amethyst
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    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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