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Splash out for Westbury birthday bash
Swimmers will be able to use Westbury Swimming Pool for the original admission fee of only one penny this weekend, as one of the oldest working public pools in Britain celebrates its 125th anniversary.
There will be a range of sessions on offer as part of celebrations, which have been organised by Wiltshire Council, DC Leisure and Westbury Town Council, including family fun swims and an aqua fit taster.
A public exhibition to commemorate the history of the swimming baths, which were opened on May 24 in 1888, will also be held in Laverton Hall until Sunday from 9.30am-4.30pm.
A leaflet giving a brief history of the pool will be available, plus 125 commemorative limited edition mugs and pin badges to celebrate the anniversary.
Westbury Amateur Swimming Club secretary Neil Tribick said: “It will be great to finally celebrate the anniversary of the pool, which has served this town so well over 125 years.”
Swimming club coach Steven Pyne said: “I’m really pleased that the council is celebrating the anniversary and it shows they care about the pool more than they did a few years ago.
“The club has been helping out with the celebrations as much as possible and I have been teaching the swimmers some Victorian strokes for a demonstration on the Saturday.
“It is set to be a really nice weekend and hopefully lots of people will come along to find out more about the history of this wonderful building, which is so important to our town.”
The exhibition in The Laverton will also celebrate the hall, which turns 140 on September 11, and visitors will be able to park for free in all Wiltshire Council-run Westbury car parks over the weekend. Some swim activities require booking and there is limited availability. Call the pool on on 01373 822891 or book online.
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