Pool hoping summer will boost takings

BOURNE Outdoor Swimming Pool is hoping the return of summer will shine on their fortunes.

So far the season has been quiet - but yesterday the summer holidays got off to a splashing start with Monday afternoon children’s fun sessions.

Trustees are also hoping a new holiday season ticket will attract more people to the near Olympic-size facility, especially as swimming will be featured in the London 2012 Games.

Chairman Mandy Delaine-Smith said: “Everyone has been hit by the bad weather and the pool is no exception, but now that sunshine is on its way we are hoping people will remember us and come along.

“So far it’s been the worst season ever, but people don’t want to hear doom and gloom.

“We’ve responded to the poor start by cutting pool opening hours and staffing levels and now we just need a good summer holiday, not only so we can carry on, but also so we can make improvements to the facilities.”

The new children’s summer holiday season tickets at £25 each have been introduced to attract new visitors and encourage locals to use the facility more often.

Mandy said: “Mums are always looking for things to occupy children during the holidays and the new season ticket means in just over a week of daily swimming it will be paid for.”

The pool at Abbey Lawn in Abbey Road is open daily from 12.30pm to 5.30pm. If the weather remains settled, these times may be expanded.

Fun sessions for children take place every Monday from 2pm to 4pm and include such activities as water polo and races.