Yarmouth bingo hall to be sold despite protest

BOSSES have ignored a plea to save a bingo hall in Great Yarmouth and are pushing ahead with plans to sell the site.

Mecca Bingo said they are 'open to offers' for the former Regent Theatre on Regent Road, which they decided to vacate after claiming the site's poor parking facilities had contributed to a loss of money.

It comes inspite of a public petition to save the franchise from its closure on Sunday, which will leave dozens of members with the prospect of travelling to Norwich to continue playing with Mecca. But the company in charge said the majority of staff have found other jobs.

Anita Clarke said she was 'devastated' to hear that it would close despite submitting a petition to the company signed by 382 people.

She said: 'I don't like using the Mecca Bingo hall in Norwich because it is too big and it doesn't have the same sense of community as Great Yarmouth. I am still hoping another bingo hall will take it over.'

A spokesman for the Rank Group, owners of Mecca Bingo, said: 'We would like to thank all of our customers at Great Yarmouth for their support.

'The decision to close the club was not taken lightly but this location is just not commercially viable and is losing money.

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'We are pleased that we have managed to relocate five team members to other Mecca clubs. The majority of the rest of the team have found alternative employment within Great Yarmouth.'

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