Topless waiters start party at new-look Cecil bingo hall, after £300k refurb (picture update)
A CITY bingo hall has had a £300,000 makeover as its customer numbers soar.
Regulars of Mecca Hull Cecil, celebrated the relaunch of the Anlaby Road club with two parties.
Topless male waiters and staff brought a cabaret atmosphere to the club, which first opened in 1978.
Manager Steve Jones hopes the refurbishment will help him welcome new members to the club, which is bucking the economic trend.
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Mr Jones said: "We have increased the number of people coming through the doors and our profits have also gone up.
"I think people want to escape the gloom that some are facing at the moment and maybe they want to win a bit of money.
"The team and I are all extremely excited and proud to show off the club and its new look.
"If people have never been to bingo before then I urge them to come along and see what we have to offer at Mecca Hull Cecil. I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised."
Mr Jones said would like to increase the number of younger people coming through the doors and the club is holding regular evenings such as rock'n'roll and karaoke nights.
Janet Smith, 56, who lives in west Hull, said: "I like the makeover.
"The club has always had a friendly feel and the changes make it even nicer."
Regular bingo-goer Ida Patterson, 67, who lives on Victoria Dock, said: "I'd like to say a big thank you to all the staff for looking after the customers so well."
The club has undergone an interior makeover including a new bar, gaming area and toilets.
It has a new kitchen which serves up a "cook-to-order" menu, with waiter service.
Celebrations at the club began on Thursday evening when stilt-walkers, topless male waiters and fire-breathers turned up for the first party.
They continued yesterday with a steel band and a show featuring staff in various guises.
More than 300 people attended each event.