Acton swimming pools celebrates 100 years

Local people invited to help mark centenary

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To celebrate the pool's centenary a brave volunteer will don an original swimming costume from 1904 complete with bloomers and cap to take a dip in the hundred year old swimming pool. The Victorian swimmer will be joined by her 21st century equivalent dressed in a modern swimming costume.

The doors to Acton Swimming Pool were formally opened to the public on Saturday June 11 1904 in a ceremony hosted by the then chairman of Acton District Council, Mr JW Jarrett. 600 members of the public attended the opening ceremony followed by a tour of the £31,000 building.

These days Acton swimming pool offers classes from pilates to boxercise unheard of by the guests a hundred years ago, and the two swimming pools are no longer divided in to first and second class, but the baths continue to offer first class leisure facilities for the community.

Jon Ford, Contract Manager at Acton Pool, said: "This Saturday represents a landmark occasion in Acton Pool's history and I hope that local people will join us in celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Back in 1904 the launch of Acton Pool brought the community together and I'm very proud that to this day, meeting the diverse needs of the local community remains our primary objective."

To celebrate its hundred year birthday, on Saturday June 12th, Acton swimming pool will be inviting the public once again to help them celebrate the historical day and as an added incentive is offering free fitness evaluations in the gym, free fitness classes all day, special offers on annual membership, a swimming gala and a bouncy castle for children and encouraging everyone to dress up in costumes from the 1900s.

June 8, 2004