By Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association President John Ashbridge
Ambassador Lanes London Road Ipswich
The first new centre to open in 1962 was also the first for several other reasons being the first for a new company, Ambassador Bowling Ltd, a subsidiary of Associated Television. The building was also the first purpose-built unit for a bowling centre in the UK.
The Ambassador lanes opened on 20th January 1962 and was equipped with 24 AMF lanes and machines. It is unclear when the bowling centre closed but it was probably in the early 1970’s. About that time Humber Bowling Ltd did consider taking the centre over from Ambassador but, for reasons unknown, that arrangement did not happen.