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Norwich Mecca Bingo temporarily shut

PUBLISHED: 21:16 18 April 2011

Mecca Bingo hall in All Saints Green, Norwich.

Mecca Bingo hall in All Saints Green, Norwich.

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A city centre bingo club has temporarily shut after engineers discovered serious structural problems with the building.

It is not yet known how long the Mecca Bingo, in All Saints Green, will be shut, but the company has laid on a shuttle bus to ferry customers to Mecca club in Aylsham Road.

Mecca said it would need to wait for structural engineers to complete its assessment regarding the extent of the work that needed to be carried out.

A spokewoman for the company said: “It is with great regret that Mecca Bingo has taken the decision to temporarily close its club at All Saints Green, Norwich.

“During routine maintenance and refurbishment work, engineers have discovered that there are some serious structural issues with the building, which could potentially lead to complex and lengthy repairs.

“The engineers can’t complete their assessment while the building is operational so as a result we have temporarily closed the club.

“So that its All Saints customers can continue to enjoy their bingo, Mecca will be providing a free shuttle bus service between All Saints Green and its sister club at Aylsham Road.”

The buses will leave All Saints Green at regular intervals between 11am and 1pm, and 5pm and 7pm ,and customers will be brought back to the club too.

Last year, a former Norwich Union manager came forward saying that he believed the building’s demolition was a condition laid down by planners back in the 1950s, and it would have to be pulled down when its lease expired. However, it seems that the records of the planning decision cannot be found.

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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