Bingo! Fred collects £15,000 after his Gliderdrome windfall

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IT WAS just another evening at the bingo for most regulars at Boston’s Gliderdrome on Friday - but not for Fred Freeston, who arrived to pick up a cheque for almost £15,000.

Eighty-six-year-old Mr Freeston was handed the cheque for a total of £14,476.45 after scooping the top prize at one of the venue’s link games, which sees competitors in the bingo hall go up against entrants from across the country.

And if the odds weren’t already against him, Mr Freeston’s chances of winning were made even more narrow by his decision to only ever play three bingo cards at once.

“Most people play six cards at a time, but I can’t always keep up, so I just play three,” said Mr Freeston.

“I’ve been coming here for more than 20 years and I’ve never won anything like this before.

“I’ve won £30 or £50 on a few occasions, but that’s it.”

When presented with his cheque on the Gliderdrome stage this week, fellow bingo players gave him a warm round of applause, whistling with excitement when the grand total was read out.

Undoubtedly, those present were probably thinking how they’d spend the windfall, but not Mr Freeston.

“I didn’t think I’d ever win an amount like this so I’ll need to think about what I’ll do with it,” he added.

“It’s just going in the bank for now.”

A keen angler, Mr Freeston suggested he may spend a little of the money on his hobby. Maybe he could even splash out on six cards next time he goes to bingo?