A MUCH-MISSED 10-pin bowling alley has announced it is to reopen on Monday March 27 - creating 30 jobs.

National brand 'Tenpin' will launch the new entertainment complex in Peel Leisure Park, Lower Audley, Blackburn just in time for the Easter school holidays.


Fans of the American sport were left disappointed when the 'Bowlplex' at the site closed in June 2015, with the loss of around 20 jobs.

Now after major work to transform the venue i the 1960's and 70's favourite is back, close to the Vue Cinema and newly-opened Nando's restaurant.

The Blackburn complex will include 24 bowling lanes, American pool tables, table tennis, Namco gaming machines, free Wi-Fi and a sports bar featuring Sky Sports on several large screens and a restaurant of its own.

The development will create around 30 new jobs.

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration boss, said: "This is good news.

"There were a lot of people unhappy when the original alley closed in 2015 who will be pleased 10 pin bowling is back in Blackburn.

"It is further evidence of the growing leisure economy in the town centre."

Lee Hodson, general manager of the Blackburn site, said: "I am very excited about the new Tenpin location in Blackburn.

"It's a great space and the design team have created an exciting venue that I hope everyone will enjoy.

“We think visitors will love the new layout and look as well as all the extra facilities and offers that Tenpin are well known for and spend some time enjoying some food and drink in the bar too.

“We really think Blackburn will be bowled over.”

Tenpin already operate 39 locations across the UK, from Plymouth in the South to Edinburgh in the North with the nearest to East Lancashire in Parrs Wood in Manchester and Castleford, West Yorkshire.

Blackburn Tenpin's opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 11am to midnight, Friday 11am to 1am, Saturday 9am to 1am, Sunday 9am to midnight.

To find out more about Tenpin and its offers, visit the website www.tenpin.co.uk and Like the Facebook page for the venue www.facebook.com/tenpinblackburn/.