Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo at Concorde: 23 September

Dot Cotton swapped Albert Square for bingo, when she made a guest appearance at a charity fundraiser at Concorde on Friday.

June Brown, 84, who plays Dot, made ticket sales soar when her name was added to the bill 10 days before the event.

Guy Lloyd, of Juice FM, who hosted the event, said “Two weeks ago we had no sales, since June agreed to help ticket sales have gone bonkers.”

There was no hotel or fee for the star, just a bottle of wine and some cigarettes in return for calling out numbers and signing autographs.

The animated soap icon, dressed in a glamorous gown, and puffing on an electronic cigarette said “It’s 35.  I was having a lovely time when I was 35.”

She referred to ages past as she called numbers and chatted with members of the audience.

‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo’ raised around £1000 for the MS Society and for Jennie Flynn, who lives in Brighton who needs another operation in Poland to improve sight and mobility.

Ms Flynn was diagnosed with CCSVI (cerebro-spinal insufficiency) a condition closely linked with MS, a year ago, when she lost balance and mobility after living a very active life.

She thanked the 300+ guests for being there and said “I hope the operation will help me for a bit longer this time.”

The night included lively sets from bands Kovak and Sweet Sweet Lies, followed by the bingo.

Karl Bray, of band Kovak, won two Example tickets and a meal for two at Sabei in the bingo.  He said, “I’m more excited about getting a kiss from Dot Cotton.”

Kim Coghlan a mum from Brighton, who delivers leaflets and phone books won the fancy dress competition.  She said, “I like doing silly things, my kids love it.”

Samuel Preston, of the Ordinary Boys and Celebrity Big Brother was there to support band Sweet Sweet Lies.

He said of June Brown, “She looks good, she’s got the hairstyle of a 19-year-old girl you’d see in Churchill Square.”

After the bingo, June signed photos for delighted fans and posed for pictures with people dressed as Dot Cotton.

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