Thousands march in fight for pools

THOUSANDS took to the streets in their fight to save two Fylde swimming pool earmarked for closure.

In a remarkable day of people power, around 6,000 hit the streets of Kirkham and St Annes.

Waving banners and shouting repeated pleas of Save Our Pools, residents sent out a clear message ahead of tonight's crunch meeting of Fylde Council.

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A decision on the fate of both pools will be made at a special budget meeting at Fylde Rugby Club.

The facilities are under threat for the second time in as many years as town hall bosses bid to plug a 1m-plus hole in the authority's budget.

But councillors – many of them in attendance at Saturday's marches which transformed the streets of both towns into a sea of protest – were given a clear and deafening indication of local feeling.

Campaigners were delighted by the turnout in both Kirkham and St Annes and said they plan to protest outside Fylde RUFC's Woodlands ground ahead of tonight's meeting at 5pm.

A 4,500-signature petition will be handed in calling for the pools to stay open