Retro fit is right up their al­ley

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

A TOWNSVILLE bowl­ing cen­tre will be re­vi­talised and re­fit­ted in a retro theme to re­flect the golden era of the bowl­ing in­dus­try in the 1960s.

The dream of the Townsville Ten Pin and Fun Cen­tre’s new own­ers will see the Kir­wan precinct trans­formed within the next year.

Work on the re­vamp has be­gun, with airconditioning, toi­lets and amuse­ment chines the first to be fixed.

The new busi­ness own­ers are two hus­band and wife teams from Bund­aberg, Noel and Joan Am­bler and Peter and Jeanette McEl­lig­ott, who have more than 100 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the bowl­ing in­dus­try be­tween them.

“The theme of the venue will be that kind of retro bowl­ing al­ley of the 1960s with black- and- white tiled floors

ma- and a cafe,” Mr Am­bler said. The cen­tre will re­main open dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions.

Mr Am­bler pre­vi­ously ran the bowl­ing cen­tre from 1992 to 1998, and em­ployed 40 staff when he left the busi­ness.

He hopes to build em­ployee num­bers again as fam­i­lies re­dis­cover the dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions, which will in­clude dodgem cars, laser tag, a wild west shoot­ing gallery and glow- in- the- dark mini golf.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

COOL CHANGE: Peter and Jeanette McEl­lig­ott with Noel Am­bler in ‘ 60s mode.

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