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Pool season starts with a splash!

Opening of the Bourne open air swimming pool - somke of the first youngsters in the water EMN-150524-175220009
Opening of the Bourne open air swimming pool - somke of the first youngsters in the water EMN-150524-175220009

Some of the first youngsters leap into the poolPhoto: David Lowndes

Chairman of Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust Mandy Delaine-Smith said she was delighted with the support shown on the first day of the pool’s opening for 2015 - but called on the people of Bourne to show that same support for the whole season.

She said between 50 and 60 people attended for the opening at 10.30am on Saturday at the Abbey Lawns.

Mandy said: “It was mainly our usual band of supporters and our fantastic volunteers.

“We’ve had some new volunteers after a Facebook appeal so it was nice to see some new faces.

“The opening went really well.

“It’s great to get that support on the first day of the season but we need it all year.”

The trust relies on donations and volunteer help to keep the pool open and running every year.

This year will be the 26th season that it has operated under voluntary control.

Last year, in part due to bad weather in August, the pool ran at a loss.

This year in a bid to attract new visitors, the temperature of the pool has been raised to 24 degrees, which will mean gas prices rise for the trust but will also hopefully mean the number of people in the water rises as well.

Mandy said the trust is also considering opening for early Saturday morning sessions and Thursday night evening sessions for adults only, but it will only do this if the interest is there.

The pool also opens for Friday night fun sessions and can be hired out for parties and by private groups. This always proves fairly popular but Mandy believes some people aren’t aware the pool offers this service.

The 50-yard near Olympic sized pool stays open come rain or shine and only closes if the weather is particularly bad.

Season tickets are also available for regular swimmers.

To find out more go to www.bourneoutdoorswimming-pool.org.


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