Bridgwater's new swimming pool at Trinity Sports and Leisure declared open
Bridgwater's new swimming pool officially opened its doors to the public this morning.
Charlie Attwood, British swimming star and record holder, opened the 25-metre pool at Trinity Sports and Leisure centre alongside Gill Slocombe, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council.
The town has been without a pool for over three years, following the closure of Sedgemoor Splash in 2009.
Gill Slocombe said: "It was a big blow to the community when Sedgemoor Splash closed in 2009, but it was something that had to be done and it was absolutely the right decision.
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"We spent time and effort coming up with plans and securing an appropriate amount of funds so we could bring another pool to Bridgwater that worked financially and worked for the community.
"People said it would never happen, but we proved them wrong."
She added: "I am so honoured to be part of the opening of this new pool. To see this now and to be able to say I was there from the beginning is truly wonderful.
The six-lane pool, along with a smaller 13m by 7m learner pool and cafe, took a total of 14 months to build.
Local groups including Bridgwater Brownies and Bridgwater Swimming Club were the first to hit the water at around 10am.
At 11am Bridgwater's own Charlie Attwood, British breast-stroke record holder, cut the ribbon alongside Gill Slocombe.
Charlie hopes that this will encourage younger members of the community to get more active through use of the new facilities.
He said: "I think the pool looks great. Hopefully this will encourage younger people in Bridgwater to get out and swim.
"I was very honoured to be invited to the opening as swimming is a huge part of my life."
Initially the café will open from 2:30pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 7pm at weekends, however the council have said that its opening hours will be flexible.
SWIMMING POOL OPENS AT TRINITY SPORTS AND LEISURE, BRIDGWATER - PICTURE SPECIAL