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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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  • George 1978
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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.

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  • cbenee
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    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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  • George 1978
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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.

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  • staffslad
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    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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  • staffslad
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    The wild west/hillbilly shooting galleries I can remember were in North Wales resorts such as Rhyl. I think I first saw one in about 1987 or so. Lots of people were playing on it but by the last time circa 1992 I didn't see anyone have a go. The one I recall the best was indoors and I think it did spray water but I suppose it must have been well away from the other machines.

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  • amethyst
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    Its about having fun getting rid of 2ps in the arcades

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  • Mulletino
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    Originally posted by Big Tim View Post
    Scarborough (North Yorks) still has a lot of amusement arcades on the sea front. While many are dominated by the more expensive 1 a go "puggies" or video games, there are some smaller arcades (particularly at the far end of the South Bay) which have numerous 2p "Waterfall" machines, plus the aforementioned Horse Racing betting game - most of these have been upgraded to 10p a play.

    The game I used to enjoy most in arcades as a child was one which I haven't seen for years. It was like a shooting range, where for 20p you would get something like ten shots of an air rifle (which did not use any ammunition / pellets, it was merely an invisible beam or something) and if you hit a target, something would happen - often these were "Wild West" or "Hillbilly" themed. I remember many of them squirting water back at you if you successfully shot the target, sometimes it would be something like a character would start playing a banjo, or a door would fly open and some exhibit would appear sat on a toilet reading a newspaper! I certainly remember them in arcades at Scarborough, Filey, Blackpool and in places like Flamingoland up until the early 1990's.
    Same at Southend-on-sea, although one of the arcades there still has one of those Hillbilly shooting things. It's indoors though so doesn't spray water like they used to. You'd know which rifles got wet from which target and deliberately soak other players. An arcade here in Australia (Gold Coast) still has one too.

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  • Richard1978
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    There was an arcade in Wells Next The Sea that had one of those shooting galleries until about 1990.

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  • Big Tim
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    Scarborough (North Yorks) still has a lot of amusement arcades on the sea front. While many are dominated by the more expensive 1 a go "puggies" or video games, there are some smaller arcades (particularly at the far end of the South Bay) which have numerous 2p "Waterfall" machines, plus the aforementioned Horse Racing betting game - most of these have been upgraded to 10p a play.

    The game I used to enjoy most in arcades as a child was one which I haven't seen for years. It was like a shooting range, where for 20p you would get something like ten shots of an air rifle (which did not use any ammunition / pellets, it was merely an invisible beam or something) and if you hit a target, something would happen - often these were "Wild West" or "Hillbilly" themed. I remember many of them squirting water back at you if you successfully shot the target, sometimes it would be something like a character would start playing a banjo, or a door would fly open and some exhibit would appear sat on a toilet reading a newspaper! I certainly remember them in arcades at Scarborough, Filey, Blackpool and in places like Flamingoland up until the early 1990's.
    Last edited by Big Tim; 17-08-2016, 15:42.

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