“Bring your bathers if you like,” said the press release from Cleveland Pools Trust as we members of the ‘Fourth Estate’ were invited down to preview Britain’s newly-restored and oldest outdoor public swimming pool.
It happens to be the day before this Grade 2* listed 200-year-old beauty of Bath finally throws its crystal-clear waters open to the general public.
Recent good weather has raised the temperature to around 22C l was told, but l politely declined and will wait til the heating mechanism is finally set up in the near future.
Cold water swimming hasn’t put off others more hardy than me. The week-end is booked out.
It’s been a long-time coming. The result of much effort by a bunch of people with a dream. One that finally has come true.