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    Default NEW BRIGHTON CIRCA 70s

    Does anybody know where I may locate some pictures of New Brighton indoor fair and the Granada Bowling Alley which was next door from the 70s.

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    I haven't got any photographs of the old bowling centre in New Brighton, but I do have some of the new centre at http://www.rosscampbell.fotopic.net/thebowl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross08 View Post
    I haven't got any photographs of the old bowling centre in New Brighton, but I do have some of the new centre at http://www.rosscampbell.fotopic.net/thebowl
    Is Riverside Bowl, on the same spot where Granada Bowl was? which was next to the outdoor slide, by the indoor fair?
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    Default New Brighton - Tenpin Bowling

    Riverside Bowl (or Riverside Bowl & Lazer Quest as the centre is now known) is on the same site as the original 1963 bowling centre.

    Tenpin bowling came to the UK from the states in the early sixties and I reckon the New Brighton centre could well have been one of the first in the UK. (Although I know it was definitely not the first)

    The centre was opened in '63 as Fairlanes by a Douglas Fairbanks. I have scanned below the original programme from the Grand Opening of the centre and it is signed by Mr. Fairbanks.

    As far as I know, the centre was not operating for too long before being taken over by the Granada group (perhaps just a few years). A lot of people will remember the bowl as Granada Bowl.

    The centre then passed to a Manchester company around 1995, becoming Riverside Bowl. In April 2005, the bowl (now over 40 years old) was demolished and a brand new state-of-the-art bowling centre built on the site. The new centre has 24 bowling lanes as well as a Lazer Quest arena and opened in September 2005. (Two years ago)

    In July of this year, the centre was acquired by American Amusements who operate centres in the south of England.



    Prior to the construction of the original bowling centre in the early sixties, Wilkie's Circus had been on the site. The Palace amusement centre next door is owned by the Wilkie family to this day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross08 View Post
    Riverside Bowl (or Riverside Bowl & Lazer Quest as the centre is now known) is on the same site as the original 1963 bowling centre.

    Tenpin bowling came to the UK from the states in the early sixties and I reckon the New Brighton centre could well have been one of the first in the UK. (Although I know it was definitely not the first)

    The centre was opened in '63 as Fairlanes by a Douglas Fairbanks. I have scanned below the original programme from the Grand Opening of the centre and it is signed by Mr. Fairbanks.

    As far as I know, the centre was not operating for too long before being taken over by the Granada group (perhaps just a few years). A lot of people will remember the bowl as Granada Bowl.

    The centre then passed to a Manchester company around 1995, becoming Riverside Bowl. In April 2005, the bowl (now over 40 years old) was demolished and a brand new state-of-the-art bowling centre built on the site. The new centre has 24 bowling lanes as well as a Lazer Quest arena and opened in September 2005. (Two years ago)

    In July of this year, the centre was acquired by American Amusements who operate centres in the south of England.



    Prior to the construction of the original bowling centre in the early sixties, Wilkie's Circus had been on the site. The Palace amusement centre next door is owned by the Wilkie family to this day.
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