Hiya one and all in that there London,
Let us introduce ourselves.. I’m Beryl – 4ft 10 with blonde wavy hair, brown eyes wearing a leopard print suit
and this is Cyril – he’s 5ft 4, dark brown hair, brown eyes wearing a dapper oil slick colour jacket and black trousers.
It’s been a bit of a year I can tell you. September 2016 saw us playing Bingo Lingo at the Liberty Festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park down in London and it appears that we have created a bit of a buzz with our Bingo. We have gone Grande (according to Cyril that means large on that there incontinence).
Our Bingo Lingo (we added the lingo bit ourselves) is our attempt to make Bingo an official Paralympic sport. We were sat in the Labour Club in Barnsley in 2012 watching the Paralympics and it was such a wonderful opening ceremony, all about being equal, inclusive and creative…
But then the games began and they started going on about being Super Human and we don’t like that. I’ve never felt super human even with a few G&T’s inside me. No, we don’t want people excluded. Everyone should be able to participate and feel amazing!
We had been running our regular Bingo nights at the Barnsley Labour club for many years. It’s how we met. And the nights do get a good turnout. So, put two and two together… we decided to play Bingo on a Paralympic scale for the Non-Super Humans.
As charisma and style are our middle names our mobility scooters got pimped up – Cyril’s has a large red cage for his balls and I have hooks for me prizes to dangle off. We enlarged our bingo cards to help them who are visually impaired and we also got loud speakers to help the ones you have to shout at. In no time at all, Bingo Lingo was born! It’s a team game where you support each other and have to share a prize… now that’s what we call inclusion.
We even pimped up our Bingo calls and they inspired by the lives of ordinary people who are all just a little bit different. Bingo Lingo is a game for everyone, where disability politics meets cheeky end of the pier humour.
Bingo Lingo, a reinvention of a great British tradition. So it’s eyes down for a game like you’ve never played before. … eh and Just remember when you’re stuck indoors and feeling quite low, get off your fat arse and come and play Bingo Lingo!
In 2017 we have already played Brighton Festival and Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Beautiful weekends away and made us realise that people in the South do actually have a sense of humour. It’s been great and we look forward to many more games of Bingo Lingo.
This is what people have been tweeting on that there Twitter thingy:
“Bingo Lingo at the @NNFest Garden Party was absolutely hilarious, I laughed til I cried”
“Awesome bingo calling @BingoCyril @LingoBeryl “Amputee: 83” “Theresa’s Den: number 10” “Guide Dog Poo: number 2”
“I looooved this! A fun game for kids but also so many political and adult jokes thrown in. Highlight of my day”
“Best Game of Bingo I have EVER played”
Come and play Bingo Lingo at Greenwich Fair on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25.
Find out more at festival.org