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FACELIFT FOR BOWLING HALL; pounds 2m rebuild set for this spring.

Byline: LIAM MURPHY

PLANS to demolish one of New Brighton's most popular tourist attractions and rebuild it have been given the go-ahead.

The Riverside Bowl 10- pin bowling alley celebrated its 40thanniversary at the end of 2003,but owner Ray McCadden is now planning to knock it down and make it bigger and better.

In the meantime 35 staff will be made redundant until the centre is reopened, which is expected to be in October or early November.

As well as modern 24-lane bowling facilities, the new site will have a laser quest arena and it is hoped corporate functions will be held there.

Carol Winders,logistics manager who is overseeing the project, said the rebuilding project was intended to fit in with the planned regeneration of New Brighton.

She said: ``This does need doing to fall in line with what is happening there.

``We want to put in new equipment for the bowling alleys and incorporate up to -date machinery. It just would not be cost-effective to do it any other way.''

The new building will be larger than the existing bowling alley which is prominent on Marine Promenade,overlooking the sea.

The pounds 2mdemolition and rebuild will take place over the summer to fit in with league fixtures.

The bowling alley is set to close on Sunday,April 18,and the project will take around seven months.

Mrs Winders said: ``There is never a good time for this to happen, but we felt that would be the best time. We are also hoping to capture the Christmas period as well.''

She said staff were having to be made redundant because of the length of time the bowling alley will be closed. Mrs Winders said: ``But we are going to reemploy as many of the original staff as possible.

``It was a bit of a shock for them because we have staff who have been here for up to 28 years. However, we have sat down with them and gone through things,and before we advertise for new staff we will contact themall.''
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Date:Feb 16, 2004
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