Splashing start to the season at outdoor pool

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A community swimming pool in Bourne has splashed out £32,000 on improvements to secure its future.

The pool, which opened for the summer at the start of half-term last week, had been in desperate need of refurbishment.

Poor weather in previous years has presented volunteers with a number of challenges to keep the facility in Abbey Lawns open.

However, two donations of £15,000 from the BRM Race Day held in Bourne last year and the local Len Pick Trust has meant vital work to the bottom of the pool has been done.

Paula Biggadike, secretary of the Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool charity committee, is thrilled with the start of the new season.

She said: “The donations were fantastic – without them we wouldn’t have been able to do the work.

“We have had algae growing in some of the cracks at the bottom, but now it’s been resurfaced.

“Cummins Generators Technologies of Stamford came in and helped to hand paint the surface – two or three times in some places.

“It makes it a much nicer surface for swimmers.”

One of the BRM race cars was at the pool for the opening last Saturday.

Paula said: “We’ve had a great start. Hopefully, the weather will hold out for us.”