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Players Sad To See Hoxton Mecca Close

Wednesday, Jun. 3rd 2015 7:21 AM

Players this week have spoken of their sadness at the news that the Mecca Bingo club on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London is to close for redevelopment. The former cinema has been a bingo hall for more than half a century but is about to close its doors for good after suffering financial losses for a while now.

Regulars at the club have spoken out to say how sad they are at the closure of the club, in what has been a devastating decade for the land bingo industry. The club will now join the ranks of many a closed bingo hall, relegated to history forever.

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Bingo Fanatic Declares Game Kept Her Young

Friday, Oct. 24th 2014 7:46 AM

People have spent millions on the quest for eternal youth, from serums to tonics, from facelifts to botox, life is full of people running hard from old age. But according to 94 year old bingo fanatic Ethel Denny, the elixir of youth is a good old game of bingo, and a traditional pampering are the key to keep any lady with youth on her side!

Ethel Denny has been a regular at the Beacon Bingo hall in her local Stockton-on-Tees are for quite a while, although she has to travel by taxi to get there now so many bingo halls are closed. She’s seen the game through since its heyday having played for the last 30 years, and as expected she celebrated her birthday in the bingo hall with a tipple of sherry.

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Every Gala Bingo Club Up For Sale

Monday, Sep. 1st 2014 7:55 AM

When the reduction to the bingo tax came in earlier this year it was to proclamations that ‘bingo was saved’ but now the future of one of Britain’s biggest clubs has been thrown into doubt as Gala Coral put all 135 bingo clubs it owns up for sale. The sale of Gala hasn’t been unexpected it was thought that they would sell on the bingo offering before the company’s flotation but now they have confirmed that bankers, Lazard have been drawn in for the sale.

It’s been a tumultuous time for the bingo industry and the game has changed more in the last decade than ever before. With online gaming, mobile bingo and even television bingo, the halls have more competition but the popularity of the game is on the increase and that could mean good news for the new buyers.

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Feuding Pensioners Cause Bingo Hall Police Visit

Monday, Jul. 28th 2014 7:21 AM

A pair of feuding pensioners, aged 90 and 92, are the reason police have had to visit a Herne Bay bingo hall twice in the last year. It’s the second time this year the couple have had a bust up at the seaside club and this time it came to physical blows.

A patrol car was sent to the Central Parade venue in Herne Bay to investigate the reports and although they left without making any arrests it’s thought they had stern words with the warring pair.

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New Land Bingo Tax Comes Into Force

Monday, Jul. 7th 2014 7:45 AM

After huge media interest during the budget and the furore that followed the reduction of bingo taxation from 20% down to 10%, last week the promise was finally delivered as on Monday of last week the reduction in tax came into force.

George Osborne bowed to public pressure after a campaign by the Bingo Players Association. The campaign sought to reduce the tax paid by land based bingo halls to bring it in line with other forms of high street gambling. However, the Chancellor went one better than that, reducing the levy to 10%.

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