‘Ping pong parlour’ plans for popular Leeds landmark

The Corn Exchange, Leeds. Pic: Gary Longbottom.
The Corn Exchange, Leeds. Pic: Gary Longbottom.
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SHOPPERS can get their fashion fix before battling it out in a free game of table tennis.

The Corn Exchange is hosting a pop-up ping pong parlour this summer, alongside a new exhibition celebrating the Victorian past time.

A table tennis robot will also be on hand to put players through their paces, and four full-size tables will be available.

Sally Shutt, coach development officer for the north for Table Tennis England, said: “I can’t imagine there are many places more atmospheric to enjoy a game of table tennis than under the domed roof of Leeds Corn Exchange.”

The exhibition includes images and table tennis paraphernalia and will be in the basement piazza.

The ping pong parlour will launch at 6.30pm on Thursday, June 16, with an appearance from top 30 England senior player Simon Noutch, senior county player and national coach Chris Parker and Sally Shutt. Other events will include ‘late night shop-ping’ every Thursday, where the Corn Exchange will stay open until 9pm, and ‘Bat and Chat’ where older players will get to play.

It’s great to see the former Anthony’s restaurant site being brought into use once more and we can’t wait to give it a go ourselves.