Her bulbous forehead jutted out as she stood with a “Starsky and Hutch,’ Cardigan on and a pair of black slacks. She was just over five feet tall and had a course broad Geordie accent.’
“Whey a would have bought my dinner an aal but a didn’t hev’ enough money on is like to buy it.’
“Would you like a few of my chips asked both Linda and Sheila.
“Eeh yer divent mind do yer.’
“Ann’s grubby looking hand shot out and she gobbled a mouthful of chips. Linda had made a sandwich with her sausage and onions and was glad that she had before Ann’s
Dirty fingers mooched around on her plate.’
“You might as well have those Ann said Linda as she pushed the plate towards her.’
“Thanks she said and the chips were down her neck before you could say Jack Robinson. The thing was she couldn’t chew properly and sucked on the chips in her mouth which made a horrible noise.
Sheila looked over at Linda drawing her lips together then pushed her plate to one side.’
“Are you not eatin’ them asked Ann?’
“No I’ve had enough.’
Ann said waste not want not and grabbed the plate from the table and began to eat what Sheila had left.’
Once she was finished she wound up her jaws to speak.
“Dave’s just mounted mind said Sheila.’
Oh I better go then said Ann making a hasty retreat back to the other side of the hall, see you later for a lift.’
Dave the balding bingo caller with dark glasses got onto the podium and gave out the format for that evening’s games.’
“Can you hear what on earth he is saying because I can’t?’
“It was about a special ticket next Sunday Sheila.’
“Oh I won’t be here so it doesn’t matter.’
“I’m just glad that Ann has gone I was nearly sick watching her eat.’
“This is why I’m going to the Jolly Bowman next Wednesday, as soon as you get a meal she comes over. I hate anyone standing over me whilst I’m eating.’ She even ate the chip I had dropped on the floor and I had picked it up and it was on my napkin.
Stop it Sheila I’m going to throw up in a minute.’
Both women opened their first chance books and took out a bingo pen and began to mark off the numbers as Dave called them out.
Dave was again in an awful hurry as he raced through the first three games.
Linda took out a note pad and wrote down their initials to record how many times that they would wait for one number for a line, two lines, and a full house.
Linda got up from her seat as Sheila then pulled out her lucky charms from her bag; she spread them on the rounded wooden table.
Sheila and Linda bought earrings and jewellery to match their clothing. Tonight both were wearing turquoise patterned tops with black trousers. They were wearing a bracelet, necklace, and earrings. Sheila took back the trays and the empty cups and plates. She threw the serviette that Ann had used on the plate along with the first chance books. Walking over to the bin she dumped the rubbish then returned the plates and trays. They walked out of the hall to the arcade and placed ten pounds into the slot machines in the hope that their luck would change. It wasn’t long before Ann found them and stood over them again.