A photograph taken in 1984 showing contenders lining up to use the punchbag strength machine at Cain’s Amusements in Herne Bay has been featured as part of an upcoming exhibition from the British Culture Archive.
The image forms part of a feature on photographer George Wilson, which also includes images of teenagers playing the Each Way Nudger with a £2 jackpot, and a bingo game in full swing.
“We love that the history of Herne Bay is growing, there are over 6,000 likes on their Instagram photo and over 200 here on Facebook – it’s incredible,” said a Cain’s Amusements spokesperson.
“Amusements are an integral part of British culture and we’re proud to play our part in that – providing decades of family fun. These photographs and everyone’s stories consolidate that.”
Wilson, who studied photography on the Newport documentary photography course, worked in the arcade in the early 1980s as a bingo caller, but admitted to the BCA: “I wasn’t interested in the games or machines, it’s always about the people.”
Under an image of teenagers in the arcade, one commenter evocatively recalled the period, noting “this photo reminds me of listening to Red Red Wine and spending our lunch money not on lunch.”