Bognor Regis bingo hall gets a visit from MP

A call to discuss a bingo industry campaign was answered by the Bognor Regis MP.

Nick Gibb visited Crown Bingo in Bognor Regis on June 10 at the invitation of Gary Bell, the general manager of Peter Arnett Leisure.

Mr Bell wanted to discuss the industry’s campaign, Bingo is my Lifeline, which calls for more government financial support for the leisure and bingo sector.

The MP also had the chance to talk to two regular customers at the London Road venue about how they benefited socially.

Melanie Ashenden (Crown Bingo manager); Patricia Dawson; Veronica Dyer and Nick Gibb

Nick Gibb said: “It was a pleasure to visit Crown Bingo again and to see it open after months of enforced closure due to Covid restrictions.

“The government has one of the most generous business support schemes in the world as we seek to ensure viable businesses are kept going despite all the restrictions on opening.

“Some £400 billion has been spent on the furlough scheme and business grants to help preserve jobs and people’s incomes.

“It was wonderful to meet two of Crown Bingo’s most loyal customers, Patricia Dawson and Veronica Dyer, who thoroughly enjoy the social side of Bingo.

“It is good to see a Bognor Regis landmark up and running again, as it has been since Step 3 of the Roadmap, on May 17.”