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Former Hornchurch Mecca Bingo hall demolished after year-long campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:06 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 07 April 2017

The Mecca Bingo hall in High Street, Hornchurch, has been destroyed.

The Mecca Bingo hall in High Street, Hornchurch, has been destroyed.

Margaret Smailes

A much-loved former bingo hall has been pulled down after hundreds of campaigners lost their fight to save the historic art deco cinema from demolition.

The ongoing saga of trying to save the former Mecca Bingo hall, High Street, Hornchurch, has finally come to an end and there is no going back as the building was brought to the ground this week.

A planning application submitted by budget supermarket chain Lidl to demolish the building was approved last year, despite residents’ vigorous efforts to protect it from being destroyed.

The site, which was bought by Lidl last year for just over £8million, is set to become a new discount supermarket.

Do you have any photographs or video of the former bingo hall being demolished? Email hayley.anderson@archant.co.uk

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