There was nearly a full house when dozens of businesses took part in a Christmas-themed fair at Mecca Bingo.

The event was held to support Bolton-based businesses and attract new members to the club in Ormrod Street, Bolton.

More than 500 people were thought to have turned out for the 12-and-a-half hour extravaganza.

Sweet treats and personalised Christmas hats were among the items for sale. Will Clarke, membership manager at Mecca Bingo in Bolton, said: “We just wanted to support local businesses as we have a big footfall and we wanted to add to the customers’ experience.

“We aren’t all about bingo as we do have themed events. A total of 27 different businesses attended.”

The day was also aimed at supporting Bolton’s Urban Outreach, which supports disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the town, as bingo staff encouraged people to bring donations for the cause.

The firm will be supporting Fort Alice from today when they will be accepting gifts for women who have escaped domestic violence.