So ten-pin bowling is finally coming to Cramlington some 40 years after it was first promised.
As a bowler since the sport came to Newcastle in the late 1960s, I should be delighted to have a brand new centre on my doorstep, but I’m not.
Why? Because I have no desire to bowl against pins which are attached to strings as at Eldon Leisure, (and I’m told will be the same at Concordia), nor am I prepared to pay up to £6.95 per game.
The deplorable loss of the indoor bowls is a tragedy, which has effectively stolen the lifestyle and pleasure of many dedicated players.
No doubt the cost of refurbishing Concordia has been a major factor in determining the change, but if the powers that be hope the revenue from ten-pin will ever cover the loss and heartache caused by the closure of the indoor bowls, they are living in cloud cuckoo land.
Will I bowl at the new centre? Not on your life!
I will continue to support Newcastle and Royal Quays centres where everyone is welcome, machines re-spot the pins and the cost is minimal.
If any indoor bowlers would like to try ten-pin, an over 50s league bowls at Royal Quays each Monday at 11am. All are welcome at the cost of £3 for two games, including a cup of tea.
Alternatively, the Carpet Bowls Club would like new members. It meets at Cramlington Community Centre, East Farm Terrace, each Monday, from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is £3 per session.