By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — For many years, local seniors have played weekly bingo games to the whir and clank of an outdated ball machine.
Now, bingo games are a little quieter after the town provided the Marion Gerrish Community Center with a new machine.
The new machinery came to the center several weeks ago, replacing the noisy model that had been used for decades.
Last week, about 25 faithful players gathered for an hour of bingo. There is usually a big crowd.
The new machine was a welcome sight.
“It serves the purpose,” bingo regular Beth Farley said. “This one is quite an improvement.”
Bingo has been offered at the center for many years. Larry Dube handled calling duties on this particular afternoon, reading out numbers as the bingo machine hummed along.
Many who come bring good luck charms to line up on the table. Most players had up to a dozen cards lined up in the hopes of being a big winner.
The bright red machine still had a noticeable hum as it tumbled the colorful bingo balls around, but nothing like before.
“We’ve tried for 25 years to get a new machine,” Teda Tingley of Chester said.
Flo St. George said it was great to have updated machine for weekly bingo.
“We kept asking for one,” she said.
Dube said he was happy to have the modern machine.
“It’s just lovely,” he said.
Bingo is played every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the community center, 39 West Broadway. Call 434-8866 for information.