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Tourer
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16 of 33  Thu 29th Mar 2012 7:53pm  
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I also remember Ray Pell. I used to bowl in one of the same leagues as him at the Forum. I think he represented the Midlands, and also bowled for England. He was probably the top bowler in this area.
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GVB

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17 of 33  Mon 2nd Apr 2012 9:23pm  
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I remember Ray very well plus other names likes Mick Monaghan, Craig Austin, Bri Copson and Dave Huxtable. I bowled against these guys many times. I then went on to get married and that severely constricted the nights out. Oh well!
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stevie g
wyken, coventry
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18 of 33  Thu 30th Aug 2012 11:20am  
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This is a topic close to me as I have bowled for 35+ years mainly at Forum bowl and now at Tenpin Walsgrave and Nuneaton. My daughter is a England international and we both are qualified instructors. Forum bowl before it was closed was took over by a real 'cowboy' company, after it closed 3 parties were in talks of taking it over as a going concern but the landlord and AMF just didn't seem interested, to that ends it remained closed for approx two years, then this church took it on, as far as I know some of the machinery is still in place and the lanes were just boarded over, a lot of the machinery was stripped for use at Bowling Express, Wolverhampton which has since also closed. The bowling scene is still strong nationwide although could do with new fresh members but here in Warwickshire we're doing our best!! GVB Ray's still about and comes to watch us 'young-uns' bowl on a Tuesday night at Tenpin, Craig (Papa Joe) Austin has just started back again this year, Dave Huxtable has just sold his proshop in Tamworth and is enjoying retirement, Brian Copson (Copo) is still bowling regularly on Tuesday nights (Tenpin) Cheers Cheers Happy
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morgana
the secret garden
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19 of 33  Fri 31st Aug 2012 4:17pm  
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On 25th Mar 2012 7:05pm, Tourer said: Does anyone remember bowling at the Savoy Bowl in Radford Road?
Yes I remember the Savoy being a bowling alley, I used to go with my older sisters occasionally. Perhaps someone should reopen some bowling alleys now, as I have 9 grandkids and they love playing it on my wii, as it's for most ages and gives them somewhere to go for all kids, as places like these are lacking in the town, for most kids that are not so well off.
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GVB

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20 of 33  Fri 7th Sep 2012 6:47pm  
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On 30th Aug 2012 11:20am, stevie g said: GVB Ray's still about and comes to watch us 'young-uns' bowl on a Tuesday night at Tenpin.
Thanks for the update, it is appreciated Thumbs up
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TonyS
Coventry
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21 of 33  Fri 7th Sep 2012 8:15pm  
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On 31st Aug 2012 4:17pm, morgana said: .... as places like these are lacking in the town, for most kids that are not so well off.
Not sure it would be the place for the "not so well off" - you taking your grandchildren, for a single game, would set you back around £50! I'd stick to your Wii if I were you! Thumbs up
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morgana
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22 of 33  Fri 7th Sep 2012 8:49pm  
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£50 for kids!!! You've got to be joking, think I've stayed in too much, everything is to do with profit, as the saying goes, more chance of a camel going through the eye of a needle than a rich man entering heaven. I can see why so many here are moving out. Perhaps you should like me search the net for Cov kids opinions here, our comments are mild.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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23 of 33  Wed 24th Oct 2012 2:30pm  
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OK, here's a blast from the past Oh my
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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24 of 33  Sun 10th Feb 2013 1:39pm  
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That place is somewhat sad looking these days, as is the row of shops opposite the school. Takeaways, discount stores and litter. Lots of litter. Having said that, the building is hardly quality architecture. What sort of half-wit sticks a big box in a place like that? They could have at least attempted to make it look half decent.
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NormK
bulkington
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25 of 33  Sun 10th Feb 2013 1:46pm  
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The car park underneath it is like driving into a dungeon, and not a good place to leave your car for any length of time Sad
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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26 of 33  Sun 10th Feb 2013 1:51pm  
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On 25th Mar 2012 7:05pm, Tourer said: Does anyone remember bowling at the Savoy Bowl in Radford Road?
I used to live in Radford and went to the Savoy Bowl many times. I often went went with my mum and dad as well to the midnight bowl there. I also used to go there when it was a cinema. The first film I can remember going to see was the Wizard of Oz with my brother. We got into big trouble because we went out to see the matinee but there wan't one that day so we stayed and went to the 6.00pm one instead. Our parents were frantic when we got home!
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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27 of 33  Tue 18th Oct 2016 12:05pm  
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On 23rd Mar 2012 5:35pm, dutchman said:
On 23rd Mar 2012 3:48pm, TonyS said: Gosh, I'd forgotten all about the Bowling at Iceland/Tesco's in Queen Victoria Road!
The bowling alley occupied the top two floors of the former GEC building with the supermarket underneath. Access was via a side-entrance and staircase in Garfield Road (since renamed Rover Road). I think there was also a door to the rooftop car park?
Here is that GEC building in 1960 Thumbs up
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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28 of 33  Tue 18th Oct 2016 12:11pm  
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Midland Red. Did the bowling alley become Argos or was that a different building?

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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29 of 33  Wed 19th Oct 2016 10:30am  
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Sorry, Anne, don't know the answer to that Oh my Dutchman???? Thumbs up
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TonyS
Coventry
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30 of 33  Wed 19th Oct 2016 6:08pm  
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Anne, prior to Argos taking over their current location that shop was a lighting showroom. As far as I can recall the bowling alley was above the current Iceland shop (which I think was previously Bejam Frozen Foods & Tescos)
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