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Tuesday 27 April 2010

Making a Splash as Nantwich Outdoor Pool Opens for Summer

The countdown is underway to the grand re-opening of Nantwich’s unique outdoor swimming pool on May 15.

Cheshire East Council is planning an exciting programme of free poolside activities and entertainment to welcome the first visitors of the year to the facility, believed to be the UK’s only remaining inland brine pool.

Entertainment will come courtesy of Nantwich Amateur Swimming Club and young members of the Everybody Learn to Swim Scheme, who will perform a synchronised swimming demonstration.

Visitors of all ages can test their fitness in a swimming and biking challenge with a range of prizes on offer including an Everybody membership giving free use of the Council’s leisure facilities for a year.

The day’s activities, which are being held in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association, will be launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9.30am.

And to crown the celebrations both the morning and afternoon swimming sessions will be free to all.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “The Nantwich Outdoor Pool truly is a gem in Cheshire East’s crown.

“Each year this unique facility attracts thousands of visitors from all over Cheshire East and further afield who enjoy the rare experience of a salt-water swim in a pool.

“Its annual re-opening is always a great cause for celebration and this year is no different - and if the recent weather is anything to go by we could be in for a scorcher on May 15.

“And having recently completed the Sport Relief mile, I will be taking my sporting prowess a step further by being one of the first to jump in the pool - so do come and join me!”

The Wall Lane pool, which opened in 1935, last year featured in the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Top 50 Places To Swim Outdoors’.

It holds 158,000 gallons of national brine water and its temperature is maintained at 74 degrees Fahrenheit, though it is usually much warmer through solar gain.

The pool will be open until October 3. Details of opening hours can be found at or from the pool reception.

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