Playing bingo and getting so close to a big bingo jackpot can sometimes make you feel like your whole world is caving in, however you wouldn’t think that playing bingo could actually give you a brush with death. The bingo players at the Pavilion bingo hall in Galashiels however, had just such a hair-raising experience when the ceiling caved in. Luckily for the players in the local bingo hall no serious injury was caused and all of the visitors to the hall were quickly evacuated by the emergency services.
Cinema also evacuated
The drama unfolded at the bingo club when a false ceiling crashed down narrowly missing the gathered bingo players. The cinema next door was also evacuated as a safety measure by the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service, although there were no issues found. The news of the accident published on the BBC news pages states that the inspectors from the Building Control section at the Scottish Borders Council were investigating the accident.
Emergency services called
The ensuing commotion at the Pavilion bingo hall saw a whole array of emergency vehicles called to the scene, including two police cars, three ambulances and three fire engines. Luckily for the gathered bingo players none of the ambulances were needed, a Scottish Ambulance spokesman said of the incident "We attended at the scene because of concerns raised but no persons were required to be taken to hospital." There is no news on how long it will take for the bingo hall to be re-opened, and we do wonder in the office if players will be quite so eager to shout out loudly ‘bingo’ on their return just in case the ceiling falls in again!