State-of-art bowls centre to open its doors

Gerald Black.
Gerald Black.

A state-of-the-art indoor bowling centre is opening in Portadown at the end of the month – in Bannview Bed and Breakfast at Meadow Lane.

Four mats are in place in the purpose-built facility, and proprietors Gerald and Joan Black are making it available to the entire community as a ‘neutral’ venue.

A classic maple floor was laid some time ago. But due to various changes and expansions from the heyday of the game of squash – for which Bannview was originally famous – the bowls project was placed on the long finger.

“There was bowls on a small scale at one stage,” said Gerald. “But we had always planned to offer it on a bigger scale – with junior and senior leagues – and now we can do that. We have been busy over the years, increasing our bedroom facilities from the original 10 to the current 25, plus other innovations.”

Everything is in place for the bowls project – the four mats, facilities for players to bring their own bowls or use those provided. And there are scoreboards and toilet facilities. Traditionally, indoor bowls has been played in the winter in church halls,” said Gerald. “The centre is designed to expand the game to all sections of the community.”

It is the third innovation in as many months. At the end of 2013, Mary Peters opened the Bannview Conference and Boardroom Centre, and last month the Blacks put the finishing touches to a hair and beauty salon.

The bowling centre will be opened on March 29 by Flo McNally, the County Armagh indoor zone convenor.