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Two fat ladies at the seaside: gambling in working class holidays 1920-1970

Downs, C 2011, 'Two fat ladies at the seaside: gambling in working class holidays 1920-1970' , in: Recording Leisure Lives: Holidays and Tourism in 20th Century Britain , Leisure Studies, pp. 51-73.

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Abstract

Gambling was a popular and pervasive leisure pursuit long before it was legalised in January 1961. The most prevalent forms of gambling amongst the working classes were the football pools, illegal off-course cash betting and greyhound racing; all of which were predominantly male pastimes. This paper explores the role of gambling amongst women during their annual seaside holidays and highlights the role of seaside arcades and bingo games in familiarising women with gambling, creating a ready market for the first commercial bingo halls which opened within a few days of the passing of the Betting and Gaming Act (1960)

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Snape, R and Smith, D
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gambling, Seaside, bingo, women, social history
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Sports Business
Journal or Publication Title: Recording Leisure Lives: Holidays and Tourism in 20th Century Britain
Publisher: Leisure Studies
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 978-1-905369-23-2
ISSN: ISBN 978 1 905369 23 2
Depositing User: Dr Carolyn Downs
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 12:51
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:11
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17883

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