Elizabeth Maloney of Dumfries has called time an illustrious 40-year career working in bingo.
The grandmother oversaw the balls being called for the last time at the Buzz Bingo Dumfries venue, as she called time on her working life and has retired.
Over the past four decades, Elizabeth who was the general manager of the Buzz Bingo on Shakespeare Street, has overseen more bingo games than she cares to remember, stretching into hundreds and thousands of games in her time working in bingo.
The popular bingo manager was given a special send-off she will never forget. Halfway through the special ticketed event, Elizabeth, much to her surprise, was summoned to the stage. The 70-year old and numerous ex-employees, friends and family gave the emotional Elizabeth a number of retirement gifts before the lady herself have a moving and heartfelt speech.
Elizabeth told local reporters:
“It was very overwhelming but so good to see familiar faces. I can’t believe they made the long journey down here. I’ll miss everything from the company to the staff and of course customers.
“I moved down here from Edinburgh and didn’t know anybody. I made friends here at the bingo straight away and they are like family now.
“All the staff here have been fantastic. It has been a brilliant time.”
Despite a lifelong career in bingo, the beloved game will still be very much part of her life. When asked what she will do now that she is retired, Elizabeth chuckled and said:
“I’ll put the feet up, look after my grandson and of course go to the bingo!”