altA Hull city based bingo hall has undergone a huge £300,000 makeover in reaction to soaring customer numbers. The Mecca Hull Cecil bingo club has been seeing their member count increase steadily, and this prompted the refurbishment and redesign of their bingo hall. This news comes soon after the decision to refurbish the famous Liverpool Pavilion bingo hall and also, in the wake of the Mary Portas review of the high street. It’s interesting to see how the Portas report recommended the redevelopment of bingo halls and redeveloped halls are steadily popping up around the country. It is worth noting that Mecca Bingo have been refurbishing the better performing halls consistently over the last few years anyway.

The Hull bingo hall held a night to remember as it reopened, with topless male waiters and staff members providing an entertaining evening with an atmosphere more akin to a cabaret dance hall than a traditional bingo hall. The manager Steve Jones, is hoping his refurbishment will bolster his member numbers further and go against the economic trend of bingo halls being forced to close.

Mr. Jones believes his venue is the perfect place for the community to relax and experience some escapism from the doom and gloom of everyday life when they visit to play bingo at the Mecca Bingo hall. With the added bonus of potentially going home with more cash than they arrived with, it really is an attractive entertainment option.

The club itself has been subject to a full refurb with the installation of a new bar, games area and toilets. Additionally, the hall has had an onsite kitchen refitted offering a full ‘cook to order’ menu and waiting service. The club began its celebrations on Thursday 12th January with various exciting forms of entertainment, including fire-eaters and a steel band. It’s believed over 300 people turned up to each event and these numbers are a great sign for the future of the updated club.

Mr. Jones has bigger and brighter plans for his relaunched club and is hoping to attract a new generation of customers to enjoy his site. With plans for regular evenings to interest younger members of the community including rock’n’roll nights and karaoke evenings, there’s hope that this bingo hall, at least, could become a central point for the local community.

Regular customers were more than pleased with the new design of the club, taking care to give the staff a special mention for the friendly and welcoming manner. Perhaps this is one of the key points that will bring people back to bingo halls. Good customer service is key to the success of any business and perhaps the personal touch is what’s needed to relaunch traditional bingo and the high street.