Lockdown poses final blow for historic Newcastle bowling alley

Newcastle The Bowl bowling alley
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A historic Newcastle bowling alley that has been closed and reopened twice since 2018 could be facing its third and final closure, as new lockdown measures come on top of “ridiculous” ten-week roadworks outside the venue.


The Bowl on Westgate Road has been “part of the West End” for almost 60 years, however Newcastle Council’s highway improvement works saw the venue lose £2,000 to £3,000 a week throughout its crucial re-opening period.

“For a business that is struggling anyway because of the Covid situation, this is another blow that could push us into closing,” GM Paul Ryder told the Chronicle, prior to the latest measures being announced.

The Bowl first opened in 1963, but operator MFA Bowl was forced to close its doors in 2018 due to declining trade.

However, the venue was purchased and opened in September 2019, only to enter liquidation during lockdown, before new owners opened the 16-lane site in October.

The alley closed its doors again in line with new restrictions as of 4 November.

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