Bowl­ing al­ley closes af­ter 55 years

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A POPULAR bowl­ing al­ley in New­cas­tle has closed its doors to the shock of cus­tomers, many of whom were given just hours to col­lect their be­long­ings.

MFA Bowl New­cas­tle, on West­gate Road, closed for busi­ness yes­ter­day, mark­ing the end of the bowl­ing al­ley’s 55-year his­tory.

Reg­u­lar bowlers were in­formed of the site’s clo­sure via a Face­book mes­sage sent by the site’s man­ager, who said: “To all league bowlers at New­cas­tle Bowl, un­for­tu­nately with im­me­di­ate ef­fect the cen­tre is now closed. We are try­ing to ar­range to get peo­ple’s equipment out but as of 2pm to­day I will not be able to get back into the cen­tre at any time.

“My apolo­gies for the short no­tice... Cur­rently, as I mes­sage you all, we are or­gan­is­ing a tran­sit van to empty all the lock­ers into so your equipment is not locked on site. We have un­til 2pm to­day to do this.”

A video has also been posted online at the cen­tre turn­ing off the lights at the bowl­ing al­ley as the busi­ness closed. A voice on the video says: “The end of a chap­ter, the cur­rent clo­sure of New­cas­tle Bowl. Hope­fully we will see you very soon.”

It is un­known whether the bowl­ing al­ley has closed for good or whether it will re­open un­der new own­er­ship.

MFA Bowl New­cas­tle can trace its his­tory back to 1911 when the premises orig­i­nally opened as the Brighton Elec­tric Theatre. The 767-seat theatre was con­verted into a cin­ema 1947 and then a 10-pin bowl­ing al­ley in 1963.

A no­tice has been placed out­side the bowl­ing al­ley in­form­ing cus­tomers that the site has closed. It added that those with en­quiries should con­tact Don­caster-based Ab­so­lute Recovery Lim­ited.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Ab­so­lute de­clined to com­ment on the clo­sure, and re­fused to say whether the clo­sure was part of wider pro­ceed­ings tak­ing place across its par­ent com­pany MFA Bowl.

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