Bingo hall will only host strippers once or twice a year for OAPs, says boss

Male strippers will only perform at a bingo hall once or twice a year, its owner has told the council.

Neighbours' fears that blokes dancing in the nude seven days a week would become a problem, have been addressed by a Dorset bingo hall owner Peter Brown.

In a new licence application for Weymouth's former Buzz Bingo, Mr Brown asked permission for the site to continue hosting bingo but also for live music, drinks, dancing and strippers, Dorset Echo reports.

Opposition to the plans expressed concern for the impact strip club clients would have on the area as they filtered in and out late at night.

But Mr Brown's legal representative, Julia Palmer, said in a licensing panel hearing on Friday that the bingo hall's older female audience is “a demographic not normally associated with late-night disturbances and anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Brown added that the strip nights would be “a bit of a comedy thing.”

He told the panel that the former club held similar events, without problems, before it closed over a year ago and promised that any problems over noise, litter or rubbish collections, would be dealt with, personally.

Mr Brown said that he wanted to keep the drinks and entertainment licence for after 9pm when bingo will typically finish for the evening.

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He hopes to cater for the few people who want to continue the night with a drink for special celebrations including Christmas and Valentine's Day.

Ms Palmer, said on behalf of Mr Brown: “This club has been running for about 40 years. There is no evidence of issues before and there is unlikely to be any now.”

The application had led to three objections from Weymouth residents and the town council, although the council was satisfied with the plans after Mr Brown assured them about operating hours and rubbish disposal.

Panel chairman Cllr Emma Parker said the decision would be announced within five days, according to Dorset Echo.

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