Richmond Swimming Pool celebrates anniversary with open day

Hundreds of locals and visitors attended Richmond Swimming Pool as the venue celebrated its 48th birthday at the weekend

The day started with an aquafit class by Dance Yourself Fit with Emma Blackmore, and baby and toddler swim lessons with Water Babies.

The Richmond Triathlon Club then offered taster sessions and swim analysis.

Before lunch, it was time to get the giant inflatable out as over 50 youngsters and some not-so-young swimmers navigated the assault course.

It was then time for the cake cutting, with the pool-themed birthday cake provided by Wendy from Granny’s Kitchen.

Cllr Kevin Foster delivered a speech about the value the pool offers to the area and then representatives of St Martins Parish Council cut the cake.

The afternoon started with the Richmond & Dales Swimming Club doing a session promoting the work that they do.

The last hour was a family swim that supported the local Magic Tenner promotion being run by the Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association May.

The Nutrition Hut offered a breakfast and lunch barbecue, with further refreshments provided by the Masham Cider Press.

Other activities included a mini golf competition, while Liberty Health Club opened its doors for free sessions throughout the day to promote its six-week special offer.

The event was supported by the Richmondshire Museum with photos of artefacts, while charity Access to the Dales ran two guided walks and showcased its all terrain scooters that can be hired from the pool.

Austin Gordon, manager of Richmondshire Leisure Trust, which runs the pool, said: “It was a great day, seeing so many happy faces.

“I am grateful to our customers, staff, clubs, partners and volunteers for making the day a success.

“The benefits of keeping active cannot be over-emphasised while supporting local is so important as it enables local services to flourish.”