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Video: Three days until Bridgwater's new pool opens
FOR three and a half years - or 1,280 long days for Bridgwater's die-hard swimmers - the town has been without a pool to call its own.
All that will end this Friday, with the official opening of a £6.3million community pool next to Chilton Trinity School.
One of the people given the honour of taking part in Friday's opening ceremony is a young swimmer from Bridgwater we could be hearing a lot more of in the next few years.
Charlie Attwood, a 15-year-old from Chilton Trinity School, will cut the ribbon alongside Sedgemoor District Council chairman Gill Slocombe.
Charlie holds the English 100m breaststroke record for his age group, and won gold medals in the 100m and 200m national finals in Sheffield last year.
He said: “I am very happy to have been invited to the opening of this fantastic new facility, which I know will benefit lots of people.
“Swimming is a huge part of my life and a great sport to participate in.”
Cllr Slocombe said: “I am so pleased that this great facility has a young and inspirational local swimmer involved in the opening ceremony.
“Sedgemoor District Council and our partners are proud of the investment made to secure a swimming provision within Bridgwater.
“We hope generations to come, from across Sedgemoor, enjoy using the facilities to have fun and take part in a healthy and active lifestyle."
Ten young members of St Marys Brownie group will also be there on Friday. The girls will enjoy a quick dip after the ribbon cutting, along with members of Bridgwater Amateur Swimming Club.
As well as the main 25-metre, six-lane pool, there is a 13m x 7m learner/training pool, and an 80-seater cafe. Upstairs, the Trinity Sports and Leisure centre also includes a large gym.
THIS video of the new pool was taken by Mercury photographer Jeff Searle.