It is always sad news when we hear of another bingo hall closing, but the news that a bingo hall that is also a famous UK landmark is doubly sad. The Orion bingo hall which is on the Fylde Coast in Blackpool will unfortunately close in the next month or so, with the loss of 30 jobs. The staff some who have worked for the Orion for many years are obviously devastated to learn of the shock closure. The Orion, currently housed in an ex-Odeon cinema building, has been operating as a bingo hall since the 1960’s and is not owned by a big national bingo name but a local family.
Mecca Bingo in Blackpool doing well against the odds
The announcement of the Orion closure as reported in the Blackpool Gazette comes hot on the heels of the closure last April of Top Ten Barney’s Bingo located on Poulton Road in Fleetwood. Other bingo halls in the surrounding area are also reporting diminishing players numbers which was the unfortunate reason given by the Orion’s management for the closure of their bingo hall. Although most of the bingo halls are suffering in the current climate - including the local prize bingo halls on the seafront - one other, the local Mecca Bingo hall is actually doing really well. Management of the Mecca Bingo on Blackpool’s Talbot Road are actually reporting an increase in trade and are also hopeful that the Orion’s regular bingo players will feel comfortable enough to visit once their club closes. The Manager at the Mecca Club believes it may be the support of the larger organisation that has allowed their club to prosper against all the odds.
The news that the Mecca Bingo hall is doing so well, whilst the Orion bingo club is set for closure is likely to be even harder for the staff to take, although a realistic head is on the shoulder of the Membership Manager of Mecca who admits ‘Nobody knows what’s round the corner’, so clearly not taking their current success for granted.