Pensioner Elsie Hatcher, 69, a retired cleaner, plays bingo at the North Parade Bingo club in Skegness. She's been coming here for 12 years. The North Parade Bingo and Social Club in Skegness, Lincolnshire, on England's northeastern coast, is a popular destination for local people who appreciate the fact that it is run in a traditional way, with the equipment and interior design unchanged in decades. It is one of an ever shrinking number of independent venues that is not run by one of the major entertainment companies and it serves also serves as a social club for its predominantly pensioner visitors, some of whom have been coming for decades. Bingo is a popular game in the UK people mark off numbers on their bingo cards as they are randomly drawn and announced by a caller. The winner is the person who marks off all numbers first. While bingo was growing in popularity until the early 2000s it has now gone into decline in the UK, the number of venues dropping from 600 in 2005 to 400 in 2014. The decline of bingo halls is often blamed on a ban on smoking in public places, high taxes and the growth of online gambling.