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Strippers Planned for New Bingo Hall

Bingo players in Weymouth could soon be seeing more than they bargained for at their local club after Brown Leisure confirmed it wants to take over a former bingo venue and include dancing, strippers and live music as part of its customer experience.

Brown Leisure, which trades as Leo Leisure, already owns several bingo clubs in the south of England and the Isle of Wight. It believes that by reopening the Buzz Bingo club under a new name and new management and providing extra forms of entertainment, the venue will bring a positive benefit to the community.

The company recently applied to Dorset Council for a new licence to operate the Crescent Street club, asking to host bingo games, occasional live music, and “potential quiz nights and karaoke” between 10 AM and midnight. During any adult entertainment performances, the new managers say that they will operate a strict age policy and employ professional door staff.

However, it appears that the locals are not too keen on the idea, with one lady writing to the Dorset Echo to question why “a bingo venue offering live music, quiz nights and karaoke also needs to include strippers”. She goes onto say that following the recent rise in awareness of violence against women following the murder of Sarah Everard, Brown Leisure’s concept and timing are “appalling”.

Buzz Bingo’s Weymouth club has been shuttered since last year when the operator took the tough decision to close 26 of its branches due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its finances.

The club had only opened in February 2019 and on launch day, it invited two of the town’s residents to take part in the official opening ceremony, as well as holding a £500 mega prize draw for all of its customers.

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