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Coronavirus: Preparations on hold at Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool for summer 2020

A town's popular outdoor swimming pool has delayed its preparation works due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers at Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool based at the Abbey Lawns would be getting prepared to open for another summer season but for the time being, these plans have been put on hold.

Mandy Delaine-Smith, chairman of the Bourne Outdoor Pool, said: “It’s quite sad really when I think of all the children and everyone else who comes along to enjoy the pool.

Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool
Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool

“The pool looks so desolate and empty right now.

“It’s very strange because now we would be in full-swing and down there getting the pool ready for the summer.

“We’ve got to protect our volunteers - we've got one older gentleman and quite a lot of children who help out through families so we've taken the decision to delay our preparations.

"Everything is on hold at the moment and we are following the official guidelines."

Mandy said she will review the situation every couple of weeks as and when Government advice changes.

Asked about the prospect of Government help, Mandy added: "I don't know at the moment.

"I'm hoping we don't have to pay any council tax.

"Unfortunately, I've already paid the rent and then you've got the other utilities to think about such as the gas and electric.

"I'm hoping the Bourne United Charities will be lenient towards us otherwise we might be re-thinking our plans for this year."

Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool is one of the oldest surviving open-air lidos in Britain.

Measuring just two metres shorter than a 50-metre Olympic pool, it was converted to a swimming pool by keen swimmers.

The Monks Fishpond that dated back to 1138, was previously where the pool now stands.

In 1990, Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust leased the pool from Bourne United Charities and took over its running.

The lifeguards are professional but volunteers do the rest.

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