Eyes down for TV glimpse into resort

The characters behind Las Vegas Amusements bingo and burger arcade in Dale Street, Blackpool, are amongst those being featured in a Channel 5 documentary series to be aired next year.'Chris Higgitt behind his burger bar.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-9-2012
The characters behind Las Vegas Amusements bingo and burger arcade in Dale Street, Blackpool, are amongst those being featured in a Channel 5 documentary series to be aired next year.'Chris Higgitt behind his burger bar. PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-9-2012
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TELEVISION viewers will be treated to a taste of Blackpool’s more traditional side when a documentary airs in the new year.

Las Vegas Amusements, on Dale Street, Blackpool, was picked to be the stars of Channel 5’s Blackpool Lights.

Flavour

The fly-on-the-wall show follows the lives of bingo caller Alan Howarth, 53, and arcade owner Chris Higgitt, 44, after they were selected by the show’s producers to give a flavour of their lives in the resort.

Mr Howarth, who has called the numbers in his 1970’s style bingo machine for six years, said: “Me and Chris are fun, we are always having a laugh and a joke, and they liked our characters.

“People are always coming in here telling us this place is lovely and how much they enjoy coming here.”

Filming took place throughout the summer and the show also includes Blackpool entertainer Joey Blower.

Mr Howarth added: “When I started here bingo halls were closing down left, right and centre, but I have turned this around.

“I absolutely loved doing this.

“It was a bit nerve wracking at first but it’s been a lot of fun.

“The producers filmed us at work and in our homes and took us up in an aeroplane.”

Mr Howarth’s bingo hall has two sessions a day during the season and he claims it’s popularity has soared since he decided to have a policy of ‘one win, one prize’, which ensures every winner gets a prize from his selection of clocks, toastie makers, lamps and toys.

Mr Higgitt, who also works at the arcade’s bingo hall, added: “One of the reasons they chose us was because of how traditional we are.

“We have a lot of retro arcade machines and games.

“We were both interviewed at the beginning of January and as soon as we found out they liked us they kept coming in.

“It’s been a really good experience and the cameras have given us a lot of attention, which is all great for business.

“We normally close down during the winter but we are now going to open up as soon as the show comes out.”

The show airs on Channel 5 at the beginning of January.