altEarlier this month, two of TV’s best-known soap celebrities popped up at the Mecca Bingo club in Hartlepool to help celebrate its recent refurbishment.

Ryan Thomas and Michelle Collins star as Jason Grimshaw and Stella Price in Coronation Street, and were there to help the club celebrate its re-launch, along with members old and new.

The club, which is situated off Marina Way, first opened its doors in February 1996. Obviously, since then, times have moved on, and Mecca is now concentrating on spreading the appeal of bingo to a younger generation. For example, the brand now offers special After Dark sessions at a selection of its UK clubs, where players can party on into the night with events like discos, karaoke, and fun and games. As such, many of their land-based establishments are giving themselves a makeover, and the Hartlepool club is one such example.

It now offers a social lounge, where members can chat, listen to music, and enjoy food and drink by table service, whilst playing bingo. The idea is that, unlike sitting at traditional bingo tables, you don’t have to be quiet as a mouse whilst you’re sat in this area,

A total of £750,000 was invested in the Hartlepool re-furb, and it took 4-5 weeks to make all the changes. There’s also a whole new range of exciting games machines for members to enjoy, plus more live entertainment than ever before on Saturday nights.

The club’s General Manager, Gavin Lee, said that the re-launch went even better than he’d hoped, and that “it was great to welcome customers through the doors to see the changes for themselves.” Gavin even took to the club’s own Facebook page to record a video for their fans, detailing the changes, and even donning a hard hat and spade as he wandered around the site to explain what would be happening in the different areas.

Members were able to purchase tickets to see the new additions for £2.50 each, and even had the opportunity to win VIP passes. A specially-installed re-launch photo booth snapped several excited players who posed in a variety of fancy dress costumes for the camera.

If you attend your local bingo club, who are your favourite celebrities that you’d like to see in attendance? Perhaps you’d like to see Cheryl Cole calling a Full House, or comedian, Jack Dee, calling out the ball numbers? For those of you who only play online, maybe you’d like to spot more stars appearing on your favourite site?

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