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King Pins opens in the former Talk Nightclub in Southend

A FORMER seaside nightclub has come back to life after a £1.6m makeover that turned it into a bowling alley.

King Pins has officially opened on the site of the former Talk Nightclub in Lucy Road.

The site offers ten bowling alleys, darts, large screens for live sports and dining areas for families.

Drinks – The bar area of ​​the room

Kessirose Larnder-Smith, 37, general manager of King Pins, says the response from the community has been very positive so far.

She said: “We have interactive bowling and darts with projectors showing drawings and different things on the play areas and both have booth seating.

“We also have lots of other games such as duck lanes, which look like smaller bowling pins and are great for kids.

Echo: Bowling - The tracks on the siteBowling – The lanes of the site

“We have four big screens and BT and Sky Sports. There is also air hockey, pinball and we also offer food with pizzas, burgers and more.

“It is truly stunning inside and has been refurbished to the highest standard, the whole project cost us around £1.6million.”

Miss Larnder-Smith says the bowling alleys have been nearly full every night since the venue opened last week, with guests completing the transformation

The former nightclub had gone through several different identities during its tenure, having opened in 1973.

It closed on New Year’s Eve in 2019.

Echo: Game - A worker playing dartsGame – A worker playing darts

Miss Larnder-Smith added: ‘The venue can accommodate around 20 people for food and we have created around 25 new jobs for the town.

“It’s important for the public to be able to go to an affordable and pleasant place with good quality food and good prices too.

“Our concession prices also apply to caregivers, NHS workers and emergency service workers such as police and ambulance personnel.

“It’s suitable for everyone and is suitable for dates, families, work events and we’ve even brought in single people who want to go bowling.”

Echo: Refurb - the bar and seatingRefurb – the bar and lounge areas

Richard Dement

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