Excel Nottingham opens at a cost of half a million in the sixties

Back in the sixties a wave of Excel bowling alleys appeared across the country. One of them was a half million Nottingham bowl. 1700 people joined the for the privilege of a drink in the members bar and preference over non members on the lanes.

These photos and story were recovered thanks to former Euro Challenge winner Rob Thurlby who is well connected to the site that later became part of the AMF Humber chain. Rob’s father John was a mechanic/technician at Excel in the sixties and you can read his story here.

Unsung UK Bowling Heroes – John Thurlby