From 1994 to 2007, the National Bingo Game Association ran its popular Bingo Caller Of The Year competition, which we covered at the time. Here’s the info that we had and updated on the competition when it was running. The competition ended in 2007 when Gala Bingo split from the National Game to run their own in-house big prize. Please note that this page is no longer updated and here for posterity’s sake only.
Battle Of The Callers
Every year, bingo callers from around the UK gather for a competition, a mighty battle to find the best of them.
Many try to attain the coveted title of Bingo Caller Of The Year but fall by the wayside – there can only be the one!
As well as the huge national competition, big bingo chains hold their own battles amongst their talented staff to find the best callers. Gala are amongst those who hold their own annual in-house competitions.
The list of bingo callers crowned with the overall title in the main national competition. These men and women have excelled themselves in the field of bingo calling and won through the heats and the final of the competition to be the best in the UK.
|1997/98||Competition Not Held|
2007 Competition Info
Information on this year’s NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year Competition – the 13th competition. Dates and locations, the regional heats, the winners and the final results. Plus, any other related information about the current competition that will be of interest.
The entry form was sent out during April 2007 to 600+ bingo clubs around the UK. The official entry form is also available for download via the NGBA’s official Bingo Caller Of The Year page. Up to three callers per club may be entered in the competition. The deadline for entries is the 18th of July, 2007.
Entries Stage One
Anyone entering the competition is required to send a completed entry form and a photograph. From stage one of the entry, 10 callers from each region will be selected.
Entries Stage Two
The 10 callers selected from each of the six national regions will be required to prepare a short DVD / video to send to the competition organisers. The videos will include a number of formal elements including pieces to camera, calling technique and interaction with the customers.
The regional heats will be held during September and October 2007. The winners of the regional finals will go forward to the national final.
|Region||Date Of Final||Winner|
|North West||19/09/07||Allen Musa|
|North East||20/09/07||Blake Robson|
The national final is set for Sunday the 25th of November 2007 to be held in London at the Wood Green Mecca Bingo – the event is hosted by the actress Lorraine Chase.
Blake Robson – South Shields Mecca Bingo.
More Information And 2007 Caller Bingo Competition News
Nov 25th 2007 – Blake Robson Wins North NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
Congratulations to Blake Robson whom today was crowned the Bingo Caller Of The Year. Blake wins the title, trophy, £500 and a trip to Las Vegas to call a game of bingo as his prize.
Oct 25th 2007 – James Cook Wins The Scotland Regional Final For NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
The sixth and final regional heat was won by James Cook who calls at Edinburgh’s Fountain Park Mecca Bingo club – which is notable as it’s a completely electronic club. The regional heats are now finished with the next event being the final on the 25th of November.
Oct 19th 2007 – Robert Willard Wins The Wales Regional Final For NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
The fifth regional heat was won by Robert Willard who calls at Cwmbran’s Mecca Bingo club. Robert also has the unique distinction of being the caller for two of the three Mecca Millionaire prizes won in recent weeks.
Sept 26th 2007 – Melanie Ceazar Wins The South Regional Final For NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
The fourth regional heat was won by Melanie Ceazar, caller at Enfield’s Gala Bingo club. She is the new South Region Bingo Caller Of The Year and goes forward to the final in November.
Sept 25th 2007 – Mark Lunn Wins The Midlands Regional Final For NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
The third regional heat was won by Mark Lunn of Wednesbury’s Mecca Bingo club is the new Midlands Bingo Caller Of The Year. Mark joins Allen Musa and Blake Robson in the grand final at the end of November.
Sept 20th 2007 – Blake Robson Wins North East Regional Final For NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
The second regional heat was won by Blake Robson of the South Shields Mecca is the new North East Bingo Caller Of The Year. Blake will be joing Alan Musa in the grand final at the end of November.
Sept 19th 2007 – Allen Musa Wins North West Regional Final For NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2007
Congratulations to Allen Musa from Preston’s Buckingham Bingo for winning the North West regional heat. He will now go forward to the national final in November.
July 08th 2007 – Michael Edwards Wins Gala Bingo Caller Of The Year Competiton
Congratulations to Michael Edwards of St Ann’s Gala Bingo. The 33 year old caller won the Gala Bingo only competition and receives a nice trophy and a trip to Las Vegas as part of the prize.
April 26th 2007 – Brett Hyrjak’s Tips For Entry
The 2006 NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year Competition winner Brett Hyrjak offers some advice for prospective entrants to the 2007 competition. Read Brett’s tips here.
April 20th 2007 – Entry For The 2007 Competition
The 2007 National competition kicks off! Entry forms have been made available at their site and sent to bingo clubs around the UK.
2006 Competition Info
Information on the 2006 national competition. Dates and locations, the regional heats, the winners and the final results. Plus, any other related information about the current competition that will be of interest.
As the site has only just started, we missed the build up with the regional heats. The winners of the regional heats are the finalists for the main competition.
|Chris McHenry||North West|
|Gary Wilson||North East|
The national final is on Sunday 26th November – to be held at the Gala Bingo, Surrey Quays. The host for the day’s events and prize giving will be Esther Rantzen. The fun begins at 12.15 with a cabaret by Double Impact and the actual competition begins at 2.15 with an introducton to the finalists, followed by each of them calling games.
Brett Hyrjak, Gala, Butlins Bognor Regis.
More Information And 2006 Caller Bingo Competition News
December 01st 2006 – The 2007 NGBA Caller Of The Year
News from the National Bingo Game site that the 2007 competition, the 13th, will open April 2007. Entry forms and details will be available from the site for any clubs and callers interested in entering the 2007 competition.
November 30th 2006 – Photos And Competition Round Up
The National Bingo Game site has photos from the event and a round-up of some of the exciting things Brett will be doing in the coming year as the NBGA Bingo Caller Of The Year 2006.
November 26th 2006 – Congratulations to Brett Hyrjak
Well done Brett Hyrjak, for winning the 2006 National Bingo Caller of the Year competition this afternoon!
November 23rd 2006 – Feature On NW Winner Chris McHenry
Ahead of Sunday’s grand final to the National Competition, This Is Lancashire has an interesting feature on local caller and finalist Chris McHenry.
October 11th 2006 – Bingo Caller Of The Year Site Launch
Our new site has launched as the place to find information and results on the National Bingo Caller Of The Year Competition and other club competitions.
October 11th 2006 – Get Ready For The Grand Finale!
The 2006 National Competition will be fought at Gala Bingo, Surrey Quays, November 26th 2006
September 29th: The Wales Regional Final
Congratulations to Mike Broad, winner of the Wales heat of the competition.
Club Chain Competitions
As well as the national competition, which is open to callers from different clubs – some big chains have their own Bingo Caller Of The Year competitions. Smaller in scale, winning the chain competition can mean a nice cash prize and the chance to be involved in some great events.
Awaiting details on Gala Bingo’s own inhouse competition for 2008.
The 2007 Gala Bingo Caller Of The Year Competition was won by Michael Edwards of St Ann’s Gala Bingo. The 33 year old caller won the Gala Bingo only competition and receives a nice trophy and a trip to Las Vegas as part of the prize. More on the Gala Coral site.
In 2006, Gala Bingo held its own Caller Of The Year competition. It took place in July and was won by Michael Farley of Gala’s Surrey Quays Club.