Sadly, there have been many non-human casualties of the war with the COVID-19 virus, with the pandemic causing many independent shops to close their doors for good across the UK each week and major chains shutting their less successful branches, leading to thousands of job losses.
One of the latest companies to announce that it will be permanently closing one of its UK venues is Mecca Bingo.
The popular online and land-based bingo brand recently posted on its Facebook page that it will be closing its Rutherglen bingo hall in Glasgow after 45 years of operation.
Although Mecca Bingo has yet to confirm whether the club’s management and employees will be redeployed or made redundant, we do know that the Rutherglen club’s customers are being asked to consider playing at the chain’s other Scottish bingo halls such as the Quay, Paisley, Hamilton, the Forge, and Drumchapel.
Mecca’s Facebook post about the Rutherglen club closure indicates that the bingo operator is as sad to see one of its oldest clubs shut its doors as its customers. It says that it wants to “take the opportunity to thank you, our wonderful customers, and our team for the past MECCA-tastic years!” It then goes on to thank its members for their loyalty “and all the great memories we’ve made together”.
It was back on 21st March 1975 that Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, first welcomed its first Mecca Bingo club on Main Street. The grand opening was hosted by a well-known TV personality of the time – Anne Aston who appeared in The Golden Shot alongside Bob Monkhouse.
The building was previously used as a cinema.
Online reviews of the club describe the staff as “amazing, lovely people”, and another commenter says that although “there are more customers in Home Bargain than the bingo”, it’s “a nice wee hall and everybody knows you.”