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Laser tag centre to open in New Road, Gravesend

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The owner of a tea room and a personal trainer are teaming up for a new joint venture in laser tag.

Future Survival is due to open next month in New Road, Gravesend.

Co-owner Graham at his other business Marie's Tea Room and Emporium. Picture: Chris Davey
Co-owner Graham at his other business Marie's Tea Room and Emporium. Picture: Chris Davey

The game will be set in the year 2259 and themed around a post-apocalyptic training ground as players try to survive the zombie hordes and the other factions of survivors who are stealing supplies.

There will be two laser tag arenas – the lab and the warehouse – spanning across two floors which can be used separately or booked together to create an even bigger battlefield.

Co-owner Graham Broadbent, who already runs Marie's Tea Room in the High Street, said: "We are hoping it becomes a social hub. It has come on a lot and we are hoping for children and adults to come down.

"It is a little different from what we are used to but the tea room has always been about that social aspect."

The entrepreneur is working with business partner Tim Smith, who owns TCS Fitness in Medway and Gravesend.

Graham added: "This is a new venture for us both. If I hear a good idea I look into it. Tim said to me he would love to do this and it was just an idea and then before you know it I was booking appointments to look at sites."

Future Survival will hopefully open in June
Future Survival will hopefully open in June

Born and bred in Gravesend, Graham said he felt town centres were changing and moving to more event and leisure based activities to help them thrive, partly what inspired the new investment.

He added: "And even with that, it is a bit of fun."

The arena will be able to hold up to 40 players and has incorporated the newest technology to include live feeds of scores, guns which have an impulse recoil which passes through the body imitating a real weapon, grenades and different game modes.

There will also be an optional 18+ feature, a band which will give users an electric shock when being shot.

The team is still decorating and putting the finishing touches to the new amusement as it heads for a June opening.

It is the second laser tag business to announce its opening in the town. Last week, owners of The Panic Room laid out their plans to incorporate a battle arena in their new entertainment centre.

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