BINGO fans in Ellesmere Port rejoice! A new operator has bought the former Mecca building and plans to open by September.

Club 3000 revealed today (Wednesday, May 22) that it is investing £1.3 million to “bring bingo back to the Port”.

The company has exchanged contracts to buy the site on Marina Drive and plans on giving it a full makeover.

Brian Fraser, founder of Club 3000, said: “We are delighted to extend our portfolio of clubs in the northwest to 14 clubs. This is a great venue and community and we are excited to offer customers a fabulous bingo experience in a first-class, modern and secure environment. There will be something for everyone – both regular bingo lovers and new customers.

“The completely refurbished club will not only offer bingo lovers a fantastic new experience but also bring much-needed jobs to the local area.”

Work is due to start on the site in June and, subject to bingo licence being granted, will open by the end of September – just a year after it was closed.

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Protesters made their feelings knows about the closure of Mecca Bingo last year.

The news will be welcomed by the dozens of bingo fans in the Port who were devastated when Mecca announced they were closing last October.

The bingo hall had become a valued community asset over the past 40 years and 900 people signed a petition aimed at persuading Mecca to stay.