Automated Bowling Arrives In UK


‘Five-pin bowling has been introduced in Scotland at East Kilbride using Canadian-made pin-sweeping and pin-setting automatic equipment manufactured by the Double Diamond Bowling Supply Company of Toronto.’


So, 50 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of January 25th 1961.

The story continues:


‘Built at a cost of £250,000 by Thomson Recreational Enterprises, a new company formed by Roy Thomson, TV and newspaper magnate, the rink is the first of its type in Britain.’


‘A system of relays and micro-switches activates compressed air to carry out the sweeping, elevating and resetting motions.’


‘A photoelectric ray marks the ‘foul’ line over which players are not allowed to step.’


‘There are 16 lanes each equipped with individual machines, controlled either by the manager’s box or by the players.’


‘Equipment used includes Arrow heart automatic pin-setting controller and a Double Diamond Fleet-ray manufactured by Philips Electronics of Learside, Ontario which controls the ‘foul’ line.’

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  1. Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 09:04

    Double Diamond works wonders.

  2. Ian
    March 13, 2012 18:30

    In those days you needed a degree in maths to be able to do the scoring accurately. One of those strange sports where a complete beginner can do almost as well as a seasoned player.
    This must also have been around the time East Kilbride became a New Town, and Motorola can’t have been long after either.
    Can we blame the Private Equity people for the demise of ten pin bowling?

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