Date of closure: July 2008
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The Southend-on-Sea Deluxe Bingo closed in July 2008. It was located on the ground floor of the Palace Hotel on Pier Hill. It’s worth noting that this was the second bingo hall to appear on Pier Hill, the first was based in the Ritz Cinema which was demolished in 1981 and built over with the adjacent Royals Shopping Center.
One day in July 2008, surprised locals turned up for a session to be confronted with a set of padlocked doors. A baliffs note on the door stated that the owners of the then Deluxe chain, Stylus Sport, could be prosecuted should they try to enter the club. The hall was well thought of by its players who were left shocked by the sudden closure of their club. News story here.