It seems that never a week goes by when we don’t have to break the sad news that another high street bingo hall is closing its doors for good. This time the bingo hall that is reportedly closing is the Top Ten Bingo Hall in Fleetwood.
Barney’s Bingo was originally housed in the old Victoria Cinema building on Poulton Street which opened in the 60’s. It was taken over by Top Ten Bingo in 2001, unfortunately the economic downturn, smoking ban, change in consumer trends and the high taxation that bingo halls attract have all taken their toll on the financial situation of the Fleetwood Top Ten Bingo Hall.
Top Ten Bingo appears to be trying to focus on the clubs that are performing well and with the help of the Top Ten Bingo online site it is hoped no doubt that they may be able to weather the current financial storm. The Top Ten Bingo hall in Fleetwood will close its doors for the last time on April 26th with a loss of fifteen jobs, sadly for the local community they will lose a piece of history as well as a valuable social and entertainment venue.
This recently reported closure is in stark contrast to the Gala Bingo Hall in Peterborough which despite all the contributory factors mentioned above for the demise of Top Ten Bingo, has managed to turn their fortunes around and increased the bingo player numbers by a massive 400%. The management team at the Peterborough Gala Bingo hall have actually cited the recession for their reversal of fortunes. They believe that the recession has meant that those looking for a cheaper night out are choosing to play bingo rather than opt for an expensive night out in the town centre clubs and pubs.