Bouncing Bomb Lathe!

Bouncing Bomb Lathe
The Bouncing Bomb Lathe

John Dawson (left) and Chris Black with the lathe that helped develop the “Bouncing Bomb” and the hand-written log book recording details of Dawson’s customers through the years.

Sound Leisure has acquired a local business with an unusual and important history! Dawson’s Pattern Works helped to develop prototypes for the Dambusters’ famous “bouncing bomb” and was established by Thomas William Dawson in 1915.

Dawson’s has been a major supplier of parts and cabinet-making patterns to Sound Leisure for over 30 years and is also a supplier to casino specialist TCSJOHNHUXLEY. The business will be transferred across Leeds to Sound Leisure’s Crossgates factory. And skilled pattern-maker David Whitehead, who joined Dawson’s as an apprentice 46 years ago, has moved across the city with the equipment.

Sound Leisure’s Chris Black said of the purchase. “We are thrilled to incorporate David and the Dawson’s business into Sound Leisure. We are now truly a manufacturing one-stop-shop, able to undertake any kind of cabinet or assembly work – although maybe not bombs! We hope to become known in the gaming and amusement industry for bespoke manufacturing work as well as the leading supplier of jukeboxes.”

Grandson of the founder John Dawson said: “We’ve had a long and happy trading association with Sound Leisure and couldn’t have considered selling to anyone else. The deal was done on a handshake and equipment moved on that, prior to completion of the formalities.”

Leeds City Council’s chief economic services officer Paul Stephens said: “Sound Leisure is a highly successful Leeds manufacturing company that has combined traditional skills with the latest innovations in modern electronics to carve out a unique place in the market. It’s great to see those skills and experienced passed to a new generation.”

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