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 Post subject: The Orion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:14 pm 
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In tonight's Gazette:

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Published Date:
15 June 2010
By Julia Bennett

BULLDOZERS have moved in on one of Cleveleys most treasured landmarks.
The number is well and truly up for the Orion Bingo Hall on Crescent West after the main demolition works of the 1934 Art Deco building were carried out over the weekend.

Admirers of the hall gathered to watch the iconic building come crashing to the ground as a gigantic orange bulldozer ruthlessly ripped through it.

The site was cordoned off as the back and sides of the once bustling bingo hall were pulled down, leaving nothing but a mangled mess of steel work, bricks and rubble behind the row of shops on one of the main roads leading into the coastal town.

The site has been empty since Orion Bingo Club , which was independently owned and run by a local family – in partnership with the Noble Organisation – closed at the end of last summer.

Local people had called for the building, which was originally the town's Odeon cinema, to be listed and preserved.

But low cost supermarket Aldi were given planning permission by Wyre Council planning committee to build a new 15,500sq ft food store with an area for 68 parking spaces as well as eight cycle spaces.

Aldi says the proposal offers an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate a vacant site, while providing residents with a genuine choice when it comes to a discount convenience shop.
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 Post subject: Re: The Orion
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:39 am 
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No use crying over spilt milk, I suppose, but did anyone actually apply to have the Orion listed?


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 Post subject: Re: The Orion
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:41 am 
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Fyldecoaster,

I couldn't honestly say. I was never a fan of the building, myself. It was way too large, and (if possible) ugly for Cleveleys. Having said that, I do have a few 'treasured' (if that's the right word) memories of the place...mainly the roof, because we used to climb up the side of the post office when we were kids and sit up there for no particular reason. And I remember my sister once being called onto the stage when Roy Castle was performing. She burst into tears because he was so massively plastered with make-up. (Bit over-reactionary for somebody in her forties, perhaps, but that's my sister...)

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That was such a charming building....why could they not keep the facade? It had character, it had style.....I wasnt even born in that era but I appreciated it for what it was. Wish i could have gone in there just once. Did anyone find any treasures inside...like a long-forgotton 1930's movie or a WW2 newsreel?????


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:22 pm 
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Melanie, they were supposed to keep the facade, but by one of those million to one unfortunate chances (ahem) it fell down.

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