MP Edward makes a splash on visit to Wragby’s pool

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EDWARD Leigh, MP for Gainsborough, caused a splash at Wragby Swimming Pool to support the fundraising effort to save this community leisure facility from closing.

Mr Leigh’s constituents in Wragby welcomed their local MP to participate in a sponsored swim at the pool on Saturday.

As reported, the pool is currently struggling to stay afloat due to the ongoing costs of maintenance and repairs.

They have recently had to close for ten days to carry out £600 worth of work.

It is hoped that at least £500 has been raised from the swim.

Another boost came in the form of a £1,000 cheque from local businessman Hugh Bourne, who dropped in to see the pool committee’s chairman June Elborn to offer his help.

Mr Leigh said: “It is a real pleasure to support the Wragby and District Swimming Pool with their sponsored swim this afternoon. The pool is a vital community asset which needs to be supported and used if it is to have a viable future.

“I have always been a great advocate in swimming, the benefits of which are numerous.

“When I am in London I try to swim in the Serpentine in Hyde Park every morning, rain, shine or snow.

“This facility is made available to local residents because of the hard work of the committee, volunteers and staff which give their time, efforts and money to support the pool.

“I hope that it will continue for many years to come and that local people who may not have visited the pool will come and give it a try.”

The pool was opened on August 3, 1997 after a massive community fundraising project.

It is a small, privately owned pool which is 15m long and 6m wide, with a depth ranging from 1m to 1.8m.

There are male and female changing rooms as well as a toilet and shower room for the disabled.

The pool offers a range of swimming sessions to suit all ages from mother and toddlers, under 12s fun sessions through to adults and over 60s sessions.

A number of disabled groups also use the pool.

Mr Leigh mentioned that the Wragby pool was one of only two public swimming pools in his constituency – the other one being West Lindsey Leisure Centre in Gainsborough.