CLEVEDON PIER 150: Las Vegas slot machine uncovered after pier collapse

PUBLISHED: 17:30 30 April 2019

Clevedon Pier. Picture: Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust

Clevedon Pier. Picture: Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust

Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust

Las Vegas came to Clevedon Pier in the 1960s in the form of a slot machine.

The slot machine on Clevedon's Pier. Picture: Clevedon Pier and Heritage TrustThe slot machine on Clevedon's Pier. Picture: Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust

The machine is one of three which were used on the pier until it collapsed in 1970.

It was housed in the old dance hall which was demolished during the subsequent restoration work.

MORE: A prices board from the 1940s.

When the machine was opened by the pier's archivist it was found to contain six 1d coins dating between 1880 and 1910.

They showed the face of Queen Victoria with her hair in a bun – known as 'bun coins' – and then later as a widow wearing a veil – known as 'veil coins'.

MORE: Clevedon Pier's ledger.

The machine itself dated back to the late 1960s to early 1970s and it was almost certainly retrieved from the pier head along with other valuable assets in the months following the collapse.

MORE: A plaque commemorating the new pier head.

Clevedon Pier has been looking back through its archives which will go on display over its 150th anniversary weekend.

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