Wednesday, 11 March 2009

FANCY A DIP?

Open Air Bathing Pool

Open Air Bathing Pool
THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
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Above are typical old images of Rhyl’s Open-Air Bathing Pool. The one at the top is postmarked 1931 (only one year after the pool opened), the other is undated. The pool was on the promenade to the east of the pier, so it was opposite Bath Street and fairly close to where the Events Arena is now.

Open Air Bathing Pool

The pool was council-owned and cost £23,000 to build, which was serious money in those days. It was 110 yards long and 30 yards wide and held three quarters of a million gallons of clean water. There were 380 changing cubicles, and sunbathing areas and a cafe. The amenity was floodlit and could seat up to 2,500 spectators.

In addition to swimming sessions for which professional tuition was available, there were aqua shows, bathing beauty competitions and exhibition diving. The Open-Air Bathing Pool was an outstanding success and stayed in service for nearly half a century.

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