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Town’s baths make waves for 100 years

Charla Innes, assistant manager, with Carol Gittins, YMCA Swimming Teacher at Kirkham Baths for 22 years and Theresa Mcgardle, sales adviser

Charla Innes, assistant manager, with Carol Gittins, YMCA Swimming Teacher at Kirkham Baths for 22 years and Theresa Mcgardle, sales adviser

Kirkham Baths is 100 years old – and the landmark date will be marked in style this weekend.

And there is even more cause for celebration there, Saturday’s bumper birthday bash takes place as work starts on £59,308 of improvement works at the Station Road site.

The centenary party inside and in the grounds of the premises now known as Rural Splash YMCA Kirkham promises a jam-packed day of activities.

They will include free swims and gym sessions as well as plenty of family fun and games between noon and 5pm.

There will also be the opportunity to view the plans for the improvement works, which are set to start on August 1 and last until the end of the month.

YMCA swimming instructor Carol Gittins has been teaching children and adults to swim at the centre for 22 years. She said: “It’s hard to comprehend the significance this one building has had on the community. I am now teaching the children of adults I originally taught to swim!

“We’ve tried to work out how many children must have learned to swim here over the years and it must be touching 90,000. That’s definitely worth a big celebration!”

Lee Appleton, the centre’s general manager, said: “It’s going to be a great event and one we feel is well deserved. We were planning to hold a party long before we received the news we had been successful in our funding bid which really is the best present we could have possibly asked for.”

The £48,308 Sport England award and £11,000 from YMCA will be used to completely renovate and upgrade the changing facilities, building improvements and new locker facilities.

More information about the celebrations and the improvements at www.ymcayactive.org or (01772) 682989.

 

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