Gala Bingo. The Ultimate Bingo Challenge

Now this was a challenge, 10 site each requiring a 4 cluster swirl arch and 2 free-standing columns and to be installed between 9am and 10.30am on Sunday 21st August 2011. The locations were Aberdeen, Newcastle, Stockport, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Coventry, Rochester, Middlesex and BRISTOL (See notes and the end of the blog about Bristol)

ABERDEEN. Well done Colin Miles

Aberdeen Entrance Arch


Aberdeen Stage Decor


NEWCASTLE. Well done Gary

Entrance Arch Newcastle


Stage Decor Newcastle

 STOCKPORT. Well done Paul Bloomer

Entrance Arch. Stockport Gala Bingo

Stockport Stage Decor


 LEEDS. Well done Danielle & Berni

Entrance Arch Leeds


Leeds Stage Decor


 NOTTINGHAM. Well done Liz Roffey

Nottingham Entrance Arch


Nottingham Stage Decor


 ROCHESTER. Well done Janet

Entrance Arch


Stage Decor


MIDDLESEX, Well done Wendy

Middlesex Entrance Arch


Middlesex Stage Decor


Coventry Entrance Arch


Coventry Stage Decor


Birmingham Entrance Arch



Birmingham Stage Decor


There are no picture of the Bristol Job, it’s not that they forgot to take any pictures, It’s the fact that they did not turn up at all. I called them 5 times on their mobile, text them twice and on one occasion they cut me off, so thank you to the Bristol company who took the job on, thankyou for letting me down

To all of you who helped with the decor thankyou, it was a pleasure working with you all.


Yesterday I emailed them……

Dear £*%”**&

We are all at a loss here and bewildered as to why you did not install the arch and columns at the Bristol Gala Bingo on Sunday as commissioned.

All stock was dispatched to you on the 17th August via RMS for delivery by 1pm on the 18th. We will check and track this item with RMS

Every other Gala Bingo was installed according to our instruction with the exception of Bristol

We phoned you and text you on several occasion on Sunday 21st August and at one point we were cut off

Myself and my client request a valid reason for this so as we can report back to Gala Bingo in a hope as not to jeopardise future work.

I look forward to you answer

Im still waiting for and answer




About matthewlewisdisplays

We are a small balloon company based in Coventry. We specialize in balloon decoration and balloon printing. We have our own balloon printing machines & print on Qualatex latex balloons from 9" to 36" as well as 4ft & 5.5ft Chloroprenes in single colour and foils balloons from 18" , 20" and 36" in multi colour. We also have a full digital print arm to the company supplying business stationary and balloon race labels. As for me I'm self motivated, love my job and private life. Im married to Traci, have two children Joshua (Josh) and Harriet (Harribo) and two dogs, Midnight is a black Labrador and Zara is a black shaggy coated Labradoodle. My main hobby is fishing which I find very relaxing and I can be found with a rod in my hand most Sundays (Weather permitting). I also run a quiz every Monday evening in the pub I live next door to raising money for SANDS My balloon decorating career started many moons ago in 1989. I was introduced to Qualatex balloons just after that, passed my CBA in 1994 and have never looked back since. My work has taken me length and breath of England and into Europe working on large scale decor at Euro Disney in Paris and as well as Alacante in Spain and more recently appearing on the hit TV show "Idiot Abroad" staring Karl Pilkington & Warwick Davis on location in Macedonia for the 3rd and final series. My passion for balloons and balloon decoration continues to grow and I am a great believer that to be the best you need to use the best so Qualatex are my first and only balloon I use for large scale WOW factor decor. Their education and training are second to none and their vast array of products tick all the right boxes in the creative juices department.
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6 Responses to Gala Bingo. The Ultimate Bingo Challenge

  1. Paul Bloomer says:

    Thanks for inviting me to take part Matt, it was fun – the staff were great !
    Special thanks to Sean for arranging for me to do my stuff late on Saturday night (they were getting ready for the Big Day themselves so ideal timing) and also thanks to Sue for chatting about balloons & supplying the coffee 🙂

  2. Sue & Paul says:

    Well Done Matthew! Great job! Shame about people letting you down – hope it doesn’t affect future work. If you need anything down in Hertfordshire way, give us a shout! See you in October if you are at the Qualatex Event when we can introduce ourselves properly! Sue & Paul (Party Buds)

  3. Dear Jeanette.
    Many thanks for you comment.
    My choice of decorator was not based on the QBN directory, it was based on trust and knowledge of people I have known over the past 21 years in this industry. Colin is a trusted and good decorator who I have known for about 15 years. Maybe this is something you could bring to the attention of Pioneer, a list of CBA decorators, contact numbers, addresses and post codes that are as easy accessible as the NABAS data base. Having just looked at the map I can see Dundee is not that close to Aberdeen but Colin was the only person I knew

  4. Jeanette Carden says:

    As much as I admire and respect Colin Myles I can’t help wondering why a CBA decorator based IN Aberdeen was not approached for the Gala job. For starters they would have been about 70 miles closer than Colin!! Thought this was the idea of the QBN network.

  5. Hi Linda
    Many thanks for the positive feed back. Would love to name and shame but best not to just in case there is a valid reason. Quite sure our paths will cross one day and then I can unleash my wrath

  6. Linda Carling says:

    You should NAME and SHAME. If you need any names in the northwest or Scotland give me a call. Great to see you using CBA,s The rest, job well done.
    See you at The Qualatex Event.

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