Darts and pool? Yes, but it’s rock‘n’roll bingo we really love!

112705-293_LYL_CUCKOO_PINT_SR_1/8/11'Front row left to right. Darren Byle, Rob Cook and Andy Tubb. Back leftf to right. Vern Thompson, Paul Betsworth and Gareth Sanders, the darts team and regulars at the Cuckoo Pint in Stubbington.''Picture:Steve Reid 112705-293
112705-293_LYL_CUCKOO_PINT_SR_1/8/11'Front row left to right. Darren Byle, Rob Cook and Andy Tubb. Back leftf to right. Vern Thompson, Paul Betsworth and Gareth Sanders, the darts team and regulars at the Cuckoo Pint in Stubbington.''Picture:Steve Reid 112705-293

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Traditional pub games – and some new ones – have helped keep the Cuckoo Pint pub packed through-out the week.

The Stubbington pub has had a darts league for years, but has recently started a pool league, as well as holding pub quizzes and a popular rock’n’roll bingo night.

And they are backing calls by the Campaign For Real Ale to use these games as a way of bringing younger people back into pubs.

Landlord Kev Williams said: ‘The darts night is usually a good night, we’ve got a few good teams and players coming in.

‘And the rock’n’roll bingo has really taken off.

‘It’s like normal bingo but with songs instead.

‘I dress as Elvis and everyone sings along.

‘It’s more like karaoke by the end of the night.

‘These sorts of things do help bring the punters in.’ Darren Byles, of Columbus Drive in Sarisbury, plays on the darts team and said: ‘I love pub games – I was brought up with them.

‘But a lot of the younger generation haven’t got a clue about them.

‘With the other stuff they’ve got here, it gets people involved, it’s a great atmosphere.’

Colin Valentine, CAMRA national chairman, said: ‘Pubs have had it tough in recent years.

‘These games are part of our heritage and can be enjoyed by large numbers of people at no cost.

‘This means more money can be spent at the bar which helps pubs and breweries.’