AN iconic swimming pool where thousands of children took their first paddle is rapidly disappearing.

A demolition team has been hard at work knocking down the former St James Pool, in Taunton.

It closed when a new pool was opened at Blackbrook Pavilion.

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The demolition comes ahead of a multi-million pound development on Coal Orchard Car Park.

Homes, shops, offices and cafes and restaurants will be built, with work due to start in February.