Regarding the machines from cam automatics, I worked there since I was fifteen until nineteen. They were the best years of my life. The firm was jointly owned by Frank Hoy and Bob Murray. The company had an office above Valenties in Church Street Seaham Harbour and later built workshops and office at the bottom of Church Street. It incorporated a company called Cam Furnishings built specifically for the club industry. These buldings have been pulled down to make way for a new Asda.
In sixty six/sixty seven Frank bought out Bob Murray. I worked alongside Tommy Murray, Billy Baker, Johhny Peach, Tony Clark, Harry Smith, Dave Stevens, Brian Lane, Bill Todd, Ray Youngs and of course Val, who was Frank's girlfriend then. The company was originally called Mac automatics, around sixty three but Frank and Bob bought out Mac, who I think was from Frank Hoy's hometown of Cromer in Norfolk. I would give anything to meet up with Frank once again as he was like a fatherly figure to me. He taught me everything, helped me grow up very fast, and I will forever be in his debt for giving me this once in a lifetime experience. I really wish I had taken notice of him more often. Shortly after the Sibbet One armed bandit murder case in about sixty seven Cams sold out to someone who I care not to mention. Can I just point out that Sibbet worked for a rival fruit machine company in Sunderland called Social Club Services, and had nothing to do with Cam Automatics.
The last I heard was that Frank was working down Petticoat Lane and Bob had returned to his native Scotland (think it was Edinburgh). As for the machines in the photo, I can remember refurbishing, (as it's now called) many many machines.