New surface is a hit as Bourne Outdoor Pool reopens

Opening of Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool. The first swimmers jump in the pool.  From left, Kathryn Revill, 15, Victoria Delaine-Smith, 14, Holly Biggadike, 14, Ray Spooner, Dot Hill, 12, and Brian McLean.'Photo: MSMP250513-003ow
Opening of Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool. The first swimmers jump in the pool. From left, Kathryn Revill, 15, Victoria Delaine-Smith, 14, Holly Biggadike, 14, Ray Spooner, Dot Hill, 12, and Brian McLean.'Photo: MSMP250513-003ow
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Scores of swimmers made their way to Bourne Outdoor Pool on Saturday for its grand reopening.

Essential work to fix the bottom of the pool in the Abbey Lawn, Bourne, was carried out at a cost of £35,000 earlier in the year and visitors certainly noticed the difference.

Even the sun made an appearance to help boost the numbers at the pool’s reopening.

Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust chairman Mandy Delaine-Smith said: “It went really well. It was one of the best opening days we have had in a long while.

“A lot of people turned out and we had members of the Len Pick Trust and BRM Day committees there as well.”

The repair work was made possible by two £15,000 donations from the aforementioned groups. To add to the atmosphere on Saturday a BRM racing car was parked poolside for children to inspect. And the BRM Day committee donated a further £10,000 of the funds raised at the BRM celebration day in October to the pool trust.

Mandy added: “A lot of children were interested in the car.

“And everyone thought the pool was much better. The new surface really made a difference.

“We had no stubbed toes or sore knees from people catching on the uneven bottom.”

The pool will now be open daily throughout the summer. Mandy thanked the two groups for their donations and her team of volunteers for working so hard to get the pool ready for the season.

She added: “As long as the weather is good people will hopefully support us.”