Pit your wits against top pinball wizards as UK Cup comes to Ely

PUBLISHED: 08:50 05 June 2014 | UPDATED: 08:50 05 June 2014

National Pinball Championships taking place at Bar 62, Ely. Left: Owner Fiona Talbot and Promoter Austen Dack. Picture: Steve Williams.

National Pinball Championships taking place at Bar 62, Ely. Left: Owner Fiona Talbot and Promoter Austen Dack. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Ely’s Bar 62 has been announced as the new host for the UK Pinball Cup – and you could find yourself competing against some of the nation’s best.

National Pinball Championships taking place at Bar 62, Ely. Rowan Salger playing his Pinball machine. Picture: Steve Williams. National Pinball Championships taking place at Bar 62, Ely. Rowan Salger playing his Pinball machine. Picture: Steve Williams.

The Newnham Street bar, formerly known as Deans, is expecting to play host to about 40 of the UK’s top pinball wizards when the tournament gets under way, on July 20.

To celebrate the championships arriving in Ely for the first time, Bar 62 owner Fiona Talbot is inviting all comers to sign up and take part.

Responsible for bringing the event to Ely is Fiona’s brother, Rowan Salger, who got hooked on pinball at university and hasn’t looked back since.

He is the current record holder on Bar 62’s pinball machine and is expected to be among the favourites for the cup.

But members of the public are being encouraged to join in.

Fiona said: “This is just the kind of event we are working hard to attract to the city. We would love to see lots of people take part and hopefully make it an annual event, too.”

To add spice to the big day, the game’s governing body, the International Flipper Pinball Association, has officially sanctioned the event.

Entry to the tournament is free to all but all games must be paid for at the regular price by the players.

Any money taken by the tables during the course of the tournament will be split between the British Heart Foundation and Shelter.

If you are interested in taking part, follow BAR 62 on Facebook and send a private message or call 01353 661003. Entry is on a first come first served basis (including on the day).

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