DARLINGTON to spend £1.6m on a bowling alley in the Dolphin Centre. (Echo, Nov 27).

In the 1960s there was a craze to build ten-pin bowling alleys in the UK.

The North-East in particular had a poor record with ten-pin bowling. With few exceptions they closed fairly quickly. Darlington, Middlesbrough, Jarrow, South Shields all had new-build alleys and all closed down in short order.

They were expensive to build, and by popular opinion at the time too expensive to use by the public at large.

The building in Darlington, in East Street, is still closed having had many uses since the ill-fated bowling alley.

But perhaps times change, good luck with our £1.6m pounds Darlington council.

Harry Watson, Darlington.