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Neighbours object to round-the-clock bingo bid

'This is basically a massive drunken all-night party for 20-30somethings'

31 January, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Mecca in Camden Town

RISE and shine, 29! For calls of “eyes down for a full house” could ring out through till breakfast time – if a bingo hall in Camden Town wins a bid to stay open all night, every day of the week.

People living near Mecca Bingo in Arlington Road have lodged a series of objections to the gaming and entertainment chain’s plans to sell alcohol and run day and night, as part of a new licence application filed at the Town Hall.

Author and TV producer William Miller, who lives nearby, told the New Journal there were fears it would mean Mecca in future could sell the site on to firms who run casinos and night clubs. He added: “This is basically a massive drunken all-night party for 20-30somethings where they can get completely off their heads and play a wild form of bingo with inane prizes. The granting of this licence would have an enormously detrimen­tal impact on the area.”

Mecca director John Dyson said “Our Mecca Bingo club has been a valuable part of Camden’s rich and diverse social scene for decades, offering a fun yet well-regulated sociable gaming environment for local residents. In looking to extend our hours of play on slots beyond midnight we are reacting to consumer demand.” He added: “We know that many of our customers would like to play later into the night with us and we want to provide a safe and secure environment for them to do so.”

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