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Astro green on touring bus is set to bowl over record

BOWLING THEM OVER: AAT Kings tour provider brought a mobile bowls green to Grafton Shoppingworld’s carpark on Tuesday. Having a go at the internal green were Robert Ulrick (left) and Leslie Smith. Photo: Debrah Novak
BOWLING THEM OVER: AAT Kings tour provider brought a mobile bowls green to Grafton Shoppingworld’s carpark on Tuesday. Having a go at the internal green were Robert Ulrick (left) and Leslie Smith. Photo: Debrah Novak

FROM the outside, it looks like a normal bus.

But peek inside the window and you'll see a rock star's tour bus, sort of.

The seats have been ripped out, but the AAT Kings tour group has created a different sort of party-hub.

It has transformed an average bus into a mobile bowling green that has been cruising around Australia for the past three weeks.

Where seats once were, officially-approved astro turf has been laid and lines drawn to look like a replica of a regular green.

AAT Kings yesterday pulled up outside Grafton Shoppingworld and at Maclean and invited people on board for a bowl.

AAT Kings state sales manager for NSW/ACT and Tasmania Daniel Toby said while some were hesitant to climb on board the mobile green, they quickly warmed to the idea.

"At first people look at me like a Martian, but then when they climb aboard, the first thing we see is a smile and that's what we're about," Mr Toby said.

So what does a bowling green have to do with anything?

"A lot of our clients are part of a local bowling club, so we thought, let's do something fun to not only get our brand out there, but give the community something to do," Mr Toby said.

"We've had the local bowling club down here to show their support which is fantastic and people have been stopping in to have a look."

A few famous faces have even strolled onto the bus throughout the tour, including cricketer Glenn McGrath.

The bus averages three towns a day and has been to Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales.

Today they head towards Cairns before looping back down to Sydney on September 1 where the AAT Kings team will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous bowls event on board the mobile green.

The record is 40 hours, but Mr Toby is confident they will break it.

Topics:  grafton shoppingworld, lawn bowls



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