Southend's Kursaal Bowl unveils new Hurricane Simulator

Echo: Hair-raising – George Thorpe tries the simulator Hair-raising – George Thorpe tries the simulator

A NEW attraction in a Southend landmark is going down a storm — literally.

The Kursaal Bowl has unveiled a Hurricane Simulator at its amusement arcade which will allow visitors to experience gusts of up to 80mph.

Echo reporter George Thorpe experienced the hair-raising experience himself and was left blown away by the simulator’s power.

He stepped in and tried to read a newspaper, but the winds soon reached a peak turning the paper inside out and his hair upside down.

The attraction costs £2 and can fit either eight children or three adults at any one time.

Staff at the alley have already had some fun with the blustery conditions.

Phil Peries, a mechanic at the alley, said: “A few of the guys have roadtested the simulator and it has caused a few laughs.

“I think it is something quite unique attraction to Southend so I can imagine it being very popular on weekends and at birthday parties.”

The bowling alley is due to close in February.

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3:26pm Tue 25 Oct 11

ShipShape says...

Or... get in a lift with me on the morning after I've had a tandoori mixed grill with daal starter..

It'll save you £2 although it might melt anything plastic!
Or... get in a lift with me on the morning after I've had a tandoori mixed grill with daal starter.. It'll save you £2 although it might melt anything plastic! ShipShape
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3:29pm Tue 25 Oct 11

SARFENDMAN says...

Why not just walk down the pier? More healthy, although probably cost about the same price.
The Kursaal needs a bit more than this one gimmick and Tescos to "Bring back The Magic".
Why not just walk down the pier? More healthy, although probably cost about the same price. The Kursaal needs a bit more than this one gimmick and Tescos to "Bring back The Magic". SARFENDMAN
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4:10pm Tue 25 Oct 11

PJR says...

Great, so they're closing the bowling alley, and installing a wind machine. That makes it worthwhile going...
Great, so they're closing the bowling alley, and installing a wind machine. That makes it worthwhile going... PJR
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5:09pm Tue 25 Oct 11

geezer, innit says...

Rory Storm and The Hurricanes and a few Teddy Boys would put the wind up....
Rory Storm and The Hurricanes and a few Teddy Boys would put the wind up.... geezer, innit
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