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Raw rubber from Malaysia is mixed with other ingredients to form the unique cocktail required for tennis balls.<br />
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Price of Bath was set up by her grandfather Joseph in the 1930's and after WW2 employed 120 people churning out 84,000 balls a week - nowadays it's the last tennis ball maker in the western world, and produces a much more modest 6000 balls a week from raw rubber from Malaysia to finished product.<br />
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Louise's father Derek, who invented the rubber tiles used on nuclear powered submarines as well as running the family business, still works full time in the dickensian factory at the age of 88.