Mecca Bingo Manchester, Derby Street - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: TBC
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Mecca Bingo Manchester, Derby Street Background And History
We have very few details about this club, although we do know that it existed in what was once the Manchester Ice Palace. We also know that it may have also been the Golden Strike, or possibly Lucky Strike Bingo Club, and was opened around 1969 after the Ice Palace had closed down. We have been informed by David Benjamin that its manager was a gentleman called Alan R. Brewer and the caller was a Mr. Peter Sinclair. He also notes that the club didn't last very long, and that the prizes were very small (maybe those two facts are connected!). Other than that we are in the dark, and would love to get hold of some more information regarding the club.
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By Gareth Whieldon (April 2012)
Photographs Of The Mecca Bingo Manchester, Derby Street
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Your Comments And Memories Of The Derby Street Mecca Bingo
Were you connected to the Mecca Bingo Derby Street, Manchester? Be it as a staff member or customer, we'd love to hear about this club when it was open - send your comments and memories about the staff, the members, the events and general atmosphere of this lost bingo club; to keep here for posterity's sake.
Some further details on this lost club: Handyman: Ted Andrews, a lovable cockney who did a great job and was very talented: Maureen Bacon: worked as cashier in the Prize Bingo department: Audrey: secretary to Alan R. Brewer, G.M.: Yvonne: worked in the office: "Paddy": worked in box office: Elaine Moore (perhaps Moores?): catering manager: Sally: head cleaner: Maureen: cleaner. Interestingly enough this hall was supposedly haunted. When Mecca brought their contractors in to refurbish it prior to opening it was agreed that, since they had travelled from the south, they could be accommodated in the various offices in the hall. The first night all was well: on the second night they all shared one large office due to the alleged ghost. Two more staff names have just come to mind: Elaine Boardman, in charge of the desk where tickets were sold, and Hazel, a young girl who worked in the snack bar. That poor club was a dead duck from the day it opened. Despite the hard work and dedication of Mr.Brewer (ex RAF), the G.M. together with extensive advertising, it was not only off the beaten track but the prizes really were abysmal, even all those years ago. A winning line meant a prize of about thirty shillings, that's £1.50 in modern currency.
By D. Benjamin (December 2014)
Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Mecca Bingo Manchester.
- Manchester Club 3000 Bingo, Chester Road
- Manchester Mecca Bingo, Hyde Road
- Stockport Gala Bingo, Newbridge Lane
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