The origins of tombola and bingo

Christmas Fair at St John's Clifton 1994

Christmas Fair at St John's Clifton 1994

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All the fun of the Christmas Fair at Clifton St John’s 20 years ago. A time of year when communities everywhere come together to support local events.

Here are some familiar faces, standing around the tombola table, to both the community and families alike. Winning a prize on the tombola is all part of the fun.

The origins of the tombola are in Southern Italy but with the migration of Italians in the 19th and 20th centuries they took this game, which was played mostly at Christmas time, with them and introduced it to the rest of the world.

Other versions of this game became what we now call bingo.