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Flint bingo hall closes as Wetherspoon’s admits interest

FLINT’S once-popular bingo hall has closed – with pub chain JD Wetherspoon eyeing up a town centre spot.

Rumours were rife last week the Palace Bingo and Social Club on Church Street had shut up shop because of dwindling numbers.

There was no response at the Grade II-listed venue, and no-one from Rhyl-based owners Parker’s Leisure was available to comment when contacted by the Chronicle.

Flint Castle councillor Ian Roberts said there had been no signs of life at the hall – formerly the Plaza cinema – for the past two weeks.

The closure comes as a Wetherspoon’s spokesman admitted the company wants to move to the town and open a fourth pub in Flintshire.

Eddie Gershon, national spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: “I can confirm that Wetherspoon’s is looking in Flint and keen to open a pub in the town. However, at this stage, we won’t comment on individual sites.”

Wetherspoon’s already has pubs in Mold, Holywell and Shotton and usually creates about 40 permanent jobs with every new opening.

Cllr Roberts said he hopes the old Plaza building – which has been a bingo hall for 34 years and is the only building in Flint that is listed inside and out – can be put to good use.

“It is an extremely large building, probably one of the largest in Flint town centre,” he said.

Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said he would ‘warmly welcome’ Wetherspoon’s to Flint should they decide to invest in the town.

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