Royal wedding video special: Bingo hall expects full house

Bingo-lovers will be able to get an early game in before watching Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot thanks to the carefully-planned celebration at a bingo hall.

Mecca, in Lloyds Avenue, will be open from 9.30am tomorrow and a satellite dish has been specially installed to ensure the Royal wedding can be broadcast to the club’s members.

Staff have been planning how to celebrate the Royal couple’s nuptials since their engagement was announced in November 2010.

And general manager Paul Gregory is hoping Mecca’s party “really makes an impact” on its members.

He said: “We might not be in the street but we like to think we are a community here at the club and we think the day will have the celebratory feel of a street party.”


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After the first game of bingo, attendees can watch the live Royal wedding coverage before enjoying more bingo, a buffet and a glass of bubbly.

And, there will be a specially designed scroll where members can pen messages of good will to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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This will be displayed in the club and then on Mecca’s Facebook page.

With so much celebration going on, staff are expecting the day to be fun-filled and emotional.

Mr Gregory said: “We all keep saying we’ll be watching for the tears and the tissues coming out. This is an important day to our members, especially the olders ones.

“They are sentimental about it because they have followed the Royal family for decades and were alive for the Queen’s Coronation and Charles and Diana’s wedding.”

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