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'Two Fat Ladies' banned from bingo

By Andy Madden     Dec 28, 2009 in Politics
A bingo caller from Sudbury, Suffolk, UK has been told to stop using traditional phrases at his weekly sessions over fears that the local council could be sued.
John Sayers, 75, a Sudbury Town Council Member and former mayor was told by a council clerk to stop using the phrases, “two fat ladies 88” and “legs 11” out of concern that the local authority may be sued.
Pensioner John Sayers said: “The concern was that if there might be two large ladies in the audience when I said 'two fat ladies 88' or someone might think I was looking at their legs when I said 'legs 11',"
The ban however has caused some players to boycott the weekly sessions which used to pull in over 100 players, and raised around £3000 a year for charity.
Many of the players now go to a Tuesday afternoon game in a nearby town that still uses the traditional calls.
Mr Sayers said: “I was disappointed but I took good advice. I did not want to bring the town hall and myself into disrepute.”
Sue Brotherwood, a Sudbury Town Council Clerk, said that she made her decision after reading a newspaper story about a previous bingo caller being sued. She said: “In particular with John being a councillor we have to be politically correct. It is very sad because it is part of the fun of bingo but unfortunately in today's society people take it literally.” (EADT24)
For a full list of bingo terminology click here. (EADT24)
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