Num­ber’s up Good­bye to bingo hall as site pre­pared for 40 flats

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By ROBIN JENK­INS

for the bingo hall to be de­mol­ished and a num­ber of schemes have been put for­ward since then.

So while it has been known for some time that the last bingo hall in the town was likely to dis­ap­pear, there may be some for­mer users who feel sad that it has fi­nally gone.

The build­ing had been used as a bingo club since the 1960s, hav­ing orig­i­nally opened as the Ritz The­atre in 1937. It also had a spell as a cin­ema. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port compiled on be­half of Lance Leisure, which owned Ace Bingo in 2014, the club saw its ad­mis­sions drop 30 per cent be­tween 2006 and 2008, and a fur­ther 20 per cent be­tween 2008 and 2013. The re­port in sup­port of us­ing the site for hous­ing at that time said: “Quite sim­ply, the use of 391 High Street as a bingo hall has run its course.” robin.jenk­[email protected]­plc.com

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