Community group opens teaching pool in iconic baths
After 16 years of tireless campaigning, swimming has returned to Govanhill baths in Glasgow.
Govanhill Baths Community Trust said its teaching pool in the Allison Street centre will open this month for children's swimming lessons and pool parties.
Since 2001 activists had battled against Glasgow City Council's decision to close Govanhill Baths, eventually taking control of the facility and turning it into a community-run venture.
However the main pool is yet to reopen.
Alan Walsh, chairman of Govanhill Baths Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce the re-opening of the teaching pool.
"It's only one step on the way but we can finally say that we are swimming again in Govanhill.
"We would like to thank all of our friends and supporters who played their part in reaching this historic milestone.”
Lessons will be available for babies to five-year-olds and will be delivered in small groups.
The pool will also be available for private hire and pool parties.
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