Demolishing Historical Mecca Bingo Hall Where Rolling Stones Played

Demolishing Historical Mecca Bingo Hall Where Rolling Stones Played

Written by: ava carson on 28/05/2012 06:30
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Mecca Bingo Hall in All Saints Green, Norwich has been approved by the Norwich City Council to demolish the building. In an effort to make renovations, it follows the Westlegate Tower demolition that is considered one of the city’s biggest eyesores. Plans for the Mecca Bingo site after it is knocked down have not yet been determined with the property valued at £500,000 after the demolition.

Gary Howe, a city council planning officer, said: “It will leave a significant gap in the street frontage once removed.

“There are no plans for the short or medium-term redevelopment of the site - due in part to the need to take the building down for structural reasons - and it would, therefore, be prudent to condition some form of temporary landscaping of the site or the hoarding off the site to prevent it becoming an eyesore or blank frontage within the conservation area.”

The building was built in 1932 and opened as a cinema. If the walls could talk it would resonate the sounds of big names that once played there. The Rolling Stones, Bill Haley and the Comets once performed gigs at the location along with a record breaking 26 week run of The Sound of Music.

Mecca Bingo closed due to major structural problems and the repairs were considered to be too costly. Twenty-seven bingo employees were expected to lose their jobs, while seven were transferred to other Mecca Bingo sites. Bingo players were offered a free bus service from All Saints Green to the nearest site in Aylsham Road.

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