A SPECIAL celebration is being planned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a village swimming pool.
The committee of Billinghay Community Swimming Pool will be holding a three-day weekend of activities at the end of the summer season to mark their ruby year.
The pool was originally opened on September 3, 1972 by former radio and TV personality John Swinfield and, despite a few cash flow problems over the years, the pool has remained a focal point of the village since then.
Pool treasurer Ray Smith admits that this year has been a tough one for the pool, with their boiler breaking down and pipes bursting during the cold winter snap, causing around £14,000 of damage.
However, after a £1,500 grant from the parish council to get them going for another season, plus an envelope drop around the village which raised around £4,000 in donations, the pool will definitely be opening for its 40th year.
Ray said: “The amount that people donated through the envelope drop was brilliant and we were lucky to get the grant from the parish council so that we can operate not only this season but the next as well.”
It is hoped the three-day weekend, from September 1 to 3, will include a climbing wall and a skate park for the children of the village.
Plans are also in place to produce a commemorative book with all the press clippings about the pool from over the last 40 years.
Over the next seven years, the committee are hoping to be able to install a sliding conservatory-style screen over the pool so that swimmers can use it even in bad weather, as well as completely refurbishing the changing rooms.
The pool will open for another season from Saturday, May 26 up to its anniversary weekend on September 3.
For more information, call 01526 861383.