A Bingo Hall’s Fight for Survival

A Bingo Hall’s Fight for Survival

Written by: Glo Wood on 24/01/2012 15:55

 In Gainsborough, business is booming for a historic bingo hall after their story was told but they could still use some help.

King’s Bingo Hall, previously known as King’s Theatre and the Albert Theatre, has been around since the 1800s and has remained a bingo hall for the last 50 years. Due to fewer customers and financial problems, King’s Bingo Hall was trying hard to survive. Competition such as online bingo and difficult economic times were factors contributing to the struggle.

“The Standard made a sterling effort to us raise awareness of our problems and get people back into King’s Bingo,” said building owner Roger Whitnall.

“It was a superb write-up and really got our message across - we can’t thank them enough. Things are looking up, but we aren’t out of the woods yet.”

“We’re reducing our opening times to just four nights a week now on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays,” he said.

“Now we’re just about covering our costs each month, and we’ll be looking at things on a monthly basis to see if we can continue.”

“Following our appearance in the Standard, we were approached by the radio and everything has worked towards business picking up a bit. We had a better run up to Christmas and we’ve been doing OK since then.”

“We still need people’s support if we are going to stay open and continue in the coming months.”

Sue Hollingworth of King’s Bingo says that a night out at King’s Bingo is a good way to meet new people or spend with friends.

“Things have certainly improved since we were in the paper,” she said.

“We’ve seen a fair few new customers but not as many as we’d like. It’s still a fight for survival.”

“People should come along and just relax and enjoy themselves. Bingo with us is a great laugh and such a good night out.”

“Even with just 30 people there, the atmosphere is brilliant - and the more people that come along, the higher the prize money will be.”

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