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Memories of Heeley Baths

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Heeley Swimming Pool re-opened following a major refurbishment to provide a new roof, new changing facilities and fresh decor. A ’Memory Board’ will be created in the reception area of the facility, which will remain a permanent feature to display a wide range of stories, photographs and memories of the Pool that customers both old and new have submitted. Heeley MP Meg Munn recalled her memories of the building.

 

Meg said:

 

“I learnt to swim at Heeley. I have two older brothers who my Dad took swimming so I was always pestering him to take me. When I was four I started going with them - I paid half the child price 3d. I was always tall and so had to explain to the cashier that I was only four. I loved the water - still do - and looked forward to the hot chocolate we sometimes had afterwards from the vending machine. When I was older we went once a week with my mum after school. She’d always cook sausages and beans for tea when we got home - another of my favourite things.

 

I remember the first time I jumped in the deep end - encouraged by my brother Roy. That feeling of panic as the water swept over me and coming up coughing and spluttering. I soon got used to it and then tackled the diving boards - I don’t like heights so the top diving board was always scary but I jumped anyway.

 

It was also the pool my school went to and I started to gain my swimming awards from the age of 7, swimming first one length or 25 yards, then 100 yards, 440 and finally at the age of ten 880 yards. We could buy a piece of cloth to sew on our swimming costumes with each of the distances. Changing in the cubicles around the pool became a challenge as we got older - we were expected to share and it became a tight squeeze.

 

I swam at Heeley for the school and my church in swimming galas. My younger sister Ann was swimming in a breast stroke race when she was five or six. My dad was really worried about her but too his surprise not only did she swim like a fish, she won her heat!

 

Heeley swimming baths was a big part of my life as a child. It gave me a love of swimming that has never left me. I’m delighted it’s been refurbished. It’s great to think that it might now go on for another 100 years giving joy and pleasure to future generations.”

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