Millions take a splash in pool over 40 years

Scarborough indoor pool marks its 40th anniversary
Scarborough indoor pool marks its 40th anniversary

Scarborough’s Indoor Pool has turned 40 years old - marking more than 7.5 million visits over four decades.

Since opening on January 8, 1973 the pool in Ryndle Crescent has enabled thousands of children to learn to swim, increasing from 60 pupils per week in 1974 to 500 a week today.

The pool is also now home to Scarborough Swimming Club and Kingfishers Swimming Club, as well as Scarborough Disabled Swimming Group and Scarborough Sub Aqua Club.

Chris Hughes, Pool manager said: “We are delighted to be celebrating four decades in business and we would like to extend a special thank you to all our customers, past and present, for their support throughout the years.

“Ever since demand for an indoor pool in Scarborough influenced the decision for construction in the 1960s, the facility has remained popular with residents and visitor.

“While we have seen changes to the technology used at the pool over the years, our strong commitment to teaching people to swim and helping our customers stay fit and active has remained the same.”

The planning for a new indoor swimming facility for Scarborough began in December 1967. Following financial support from the public sector and local residents, work began on construction in the early 1970s.

However the project wasn’t without problems and on Saturday, June 26, 1971 the steel framework of the pool collapsed into a twisted mass. Workmen on the site managed to avoid injury and work continued.

When the pool finally opened six local schools visited the facility during the morning: they were Northstead County Junior School, Raincliffe, Cloughton, Staintondale, Burniston and Barrowcliff.

Nearly 600 swimmers attended the first evening session and more than 1,200 visitors used the pool by the second day.

Prior to the 1960s outdoor swimming had been the preferred choice, starting with sea bathing in the early part of the 20th century, through to the development of two outdoor pools for safer bathing.