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Bingo mad businessman to take over the Empire Wisbech

  • 19 Aug 09
  • Written by Charlotte Widmore

Keith WatermanA bingo mad businessman is taking over the Empire in Wisbech Cambridgeshire after the current owner Norman Jacobs retires.  Talking to the Cambs Times 24, Mr Waterman explained how he had big plans to modernise the club bringing it up to date in the hope of attracting new bingo players along with the old, and that it had long been a desire to open a club in the area.  He said in the interview that he felt the club had a ‘good chance of success’ and that he was ‘impressed by the friendly welcome’.

Bingo is in the blood of the Waterman family

The article published in the local paper states that Mr Waterman already has bingo clubs in Thetford and Bury St. Edmunds and he feels that his bingo hall experience coupled with his passion and plans for the bingo hall will make it a real success.  Mr Waterman and his family have enjoyed a long history of being involved in the bingo business, his parents have themselves had a connection with bingo halls since the sixties and that continues today as they are partners in the clubs that Mr Waterman runs.  Bingo is clearly in the blood as the bingo entrepreneur started out as a checker in 1974 and progressed to be a bingo caller, an experience which has stood him in good stead for his current career.

Smoking ban closed 45 year old Brandon Bingo club

Although Mr Waterman is the first to admit that the family have not been without their problems in keeping the bingo halls running, and in fact last year were forced to close their Brandon club because of a trading dip, which they have blamed on the smoking ban and internet bingo.  This however is felt to be behind them as they launch their new enterprise, which will firstly entail a total refurb of the old 1960’s interior of the Empire building and top of the list of changes will be the stage, bar and kitchen equipment.  Mr Waterman is confident that with modernisation they will be able to encourage the players back into the bingo hall and put the Empire once again firmly back on the map.

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