Schoolchildren made a major splash to help reopen a town’s swimming pool after it underwent a £600,000 revamp.
While other pupils across Fylde were back at their desks after the Christmas holidays yesterday, children from Heyhouses Endowed Church of England Primary School swapped their exercise books for swimming costumes to test the brand new St Annes YMCA pool, which had been closed since the autumn.
The £625,000 of improvements include new changing facilities, improved spectator seating, a new café and social area and an enhanced
entrance and reception area.
Coun Linda Nulty, Mayor of Fylde, officially opened the St Alban’s Road pool and chatted to the children as they tested the water.
She said: “They were having a really good time and obviously really appreciated being there on their first day back at school.
“They said it was a really good thing to do on their first day back.
“It was brilliant to be there to reopen it after months of closure and it looks so much better than it did.
“It’s a really nice, clean, active place to be and to hopefully have lots of fun in.”
The works have been funded by a £500,000 Sport England improvement fund award, £100,000 from Fylde Coast YMCA which runs the pool on behalf of Fylde Council, and a further £25,000 from Fylde Council.
Elizabeth Hodgson, Heyhouses headmistress, said: “Swimming is a very important part of the school calendar for our Year Five pupils and it is wonderful to have the St Annes Pool open again. I am very impressed with the new features.”
A celebratory open day to showcase the new facilities will be held on Saturday.