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A spectacular fire in Magdalen Street, which Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Black involved 35 firemen, saw him making headlines in July 1972 and losing stock and goods worth at least 13,000.
re open as a bingo hall. The building, which had seating for about 700 people, was offered at public auction on October 17, 1962 but withdrawn at 6,800. He bought it a fortnight later. Built as the Playhouse in 1927, it was destroyed by fire in 1946 but re opened two years later.
Mr Dashwood, who had added a moneylender's licence to his portfolio in December 1966, had started his ambitious amusement arcade at Old Post Office Court between The Walk and Castle Street.
In May 1971, he won the test case at the Court of Appeal. "If I had lost, it would have cost me about 10,000," he said.
From Norwich market stall holder to millionaire
"You are hypocrites of the first order," he wrote.
In June 1970, he closed the "400 Club" because it had lost its licence after a change in the gaming laws. Although it had 10,000 members the previous year, customers were not prepared to pay.
"When it costs 600 a week to run a night club, you can't charge 2s (10p) a pint for beer," he added.
When he returned from Canada in 1952, where he had worked as a plumber, he started with 100 of capital initially running a stall selling surplus clothing.
An inspector ruled that it should remain as farm land. In December 1975, he submitted plans for a 130,000 24 bay golf driving range and 18 hole pitch and putt course off Salhouse Road.
He planned to open the Washington Club 400 the next month as the city's only nightclub offering entertainment after 11pm including strippers and spent as much as 1,000 a night to bring stars including Bob Monkhouse, Frankie Howerd and Diana Dors.
When the Norwich Evening News and EDP published critical editorials, he hit back robustly in the letters' column.
Born in Norwich, Roy Reginald Dashwood's early schooling was interrupted by a serious leg injury. Although he missed months of lessons, he was a grafter as he showed over the next five decades. He successfully fought the then Norwich Corporation in a two year legal battle in the Court of Appeal over his controversial plans for a new city centre amusement arcade.
But his legal problems continued. His property company, Sagnata Investments, was fined 700, with 16 guineas' costs, by Taverham magistrates in December 1970 when he had admitted felling 120 trees without a licence. He maintained afterwards that the sale of timber more than covered the fine.
Later the building, of listed historic and architectural interest, was demolished.
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Newspapers were also involved in gambling activities not least Where's the Ball and advertising bingo halls, nightclubs.
That November, he bought the 14 bedroom former hotel and country club on a seven acre site off the Salhouse Road a month earlier it was sold at auction for 24,000.
Then he bought the Theatre Royal, Lowestoft, which had closed after the 1961 season, to Converse All Star High-top Sneakers For Unisex
which once included the city's largest nightclub and converted a former Lowestoft Theatre into a successful bingo hall.
Roy Dashwood putting his name up at The Bell in 1989.
He made another shrewd deal in December 1975 when he bought the Baptist Chapel in Timberhill for 18,700. Built in 1833, it was "an absolute bargain" and was later converted into six shops.
The first of many legal tussles with planners started in October 1960 when he described himself as 29 year old dealer in surplus stores, having started 10 years earlier as a market stallholder. He bought six shops, 79 to 87, Magdalen Converse All Star For Girls Red
His empire was to expand rapidly. By autumn 1965, he had three shops including Roy's Surplus Stores in Norwich, the Wymondham cinema and Lowestoft's Royal Casino. He bought a 25 acre golf course next to the Washington Hotel, Sprowston, for 11,750.
He told the EDP: "We were going to pull down a chimney as part of a project to enlarge a shop. I lit aTilley lamp and it blew up in myface. I was upstairs when this happened and the lamp set fire to candles which I had. There were about 15 tons of them brought in to help out during the last power strike business. I made for the door."
In the aftermath of the power strikes, fire swept through C Stores near the flyover, also gutting the Old Rose public house.
Roy Dashwood pictured outside the Washington 400 nightclub in 1970.
He always had an eye for a deal, especially with property. One of his biggest coups was a 62,000 investment in the Bell Hotel, Norwich, which was sold 15 years later for 3m. In 1974, he bought the city centre pub and sold it to property developer Graham Dacre in 1989.
Two days earlier, the Washington Hotel (now the Racecourse) was sold at action for 40,000, including 6,500 fittings, to a Martham farmer, William Chapman. He retained 28 acres of land with the golf course site.
Undaunted, five months later, he submitted plans for 200 houses on the 25 acre golf course but lost a planning appeal.
Street for 6,000 in March 1959 and then applied to put up 55 lock up garages on land from cleared condemned cottages and stables. He won his appeal.
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