PHOTOS: Last night of bingo at the Stittsville Legion

Legion member and bingo regular Christine Forbes cuts a cake to celebrate the 48 years of bingo at the Legion. Christine has been attending for over 40 years. Photo by Barry Gray.

(Above: Legion member and bingo regular Christine Forbes cuts a cake to celebrate the 48 years of bingo at the Legion. Christine has been attending for over 40 years. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Wednesday, December 16 was the final weekly bingo night at the Stittsville Legion, ending a tradition that dates back until at least 1967. A strong turn-out of 67 bingo players were there for the occasion.  Photographer Barry Gray was there to document the event.

“After 48 years with a heavy heart the Stittsville Legion said its goodbyes to our weekly Bingo on December 16, 2015. We are very sad to say due to low turnouts we called our final Bingo. I would like to thank all the people who supported the Bingo over the last 48 years. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped over the years and Thank You to everyone who helped make our last night special by making sandwiches. Thank you Barb, Thea, Julie, Tina, Bev and anyone else I forgot, we could not have done this without you. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”
Sue McCormick, Bingo Chair and 1st Vice President
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Celebration cake for the bingo plaers. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Celebration cake for the bingo players.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. They brought cake, cookies, candies…….the bingo night is a socal night for many regulars. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
They brought cake, cookies, candies… the bingo night became a socal night for many regulars.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Legion member Christine Forbes has been coming to the Legion bingo night for more than 40 years. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Legion member Christine Forbes has been coming to the Legion bingo night for more than 40 years.

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Christine Forbes has been coming to the bingo night for over 40 years. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Sue McCormick 1st Vice President and Bingo Chair at the Legion calls the numbers for the last eveing of bingo at the Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Sue McCormick, 1st Vice President and Bingo Chair at the Legion, calls the numbers for the last evening of bingo at the Legion.

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Bingo balls at the final bingo night at the Stittsville Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Stittsville Legion was packed to the final bingo night. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
The upper hall of the Legion was packed to the final bingo night.

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Marking up the bingo sheets. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. A packed house at the last night of bingo at the Stittsville Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Quick hands are needed to make sure all cards are marked with each number called. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Quick hands are needed to make sure all cards are marked with each number called.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Regulars at the Wednesday night bingo at the Stittsville Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Regulars at the Wednesday night bingo at the Stittsville Legion.

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Last night of bingo at the Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Smiling winners get their cash on early bingo winning cards. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Smiling winners get their cash on early bingo winning cards.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. All eyes down when the bingo numbers are being called. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
All eyes down when the bingo numbers are being called.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. The last winner of bingo at the Stittsville Legion, Diane Statham. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
The last winner of bingo at the Stittsville Legion, Diane Statham.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. The last winner of bingo at the Stittsville Legion, Diane Statham with her card and winnings. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
A bitter-sweet win: . Diane Statham with her card and winnings for the final jackpot.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Last nigth of bingo at the Stittsville Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
The Legion hopes to find a new home for the bingo sign.
STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Hugs for Sue McCormick the Bingo chairman at the Stittsville Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
Hugs for Sue McCormick the Bingo chairman at the Stittsville Legion.

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2 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Last night of bingo at the Stittsville Legion”

  1. It’s been 30 odd years since I last went to Bingo there, and believe it or not I planned to go this week !!! Does anyone remember Marilyn Golt, Dottie Graham and her sister?? All lived on Main Street. That’s what it was called back then. Papa Sam’s was Elaine’s house (or maybe Marion’s). The pizza place was Dorion’s general store…and the Dorion’s lived above it.
    Its too bad the bingo is no more.
    Karen Prytula

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