Photo: John Brown
Item #: 21831
I for one loved this place & the people of Wigan are poorer for losing it, thanks for posting John
We had swimming lessons here through our school. Didn't fair too well, but made up for it in the Aussie ocean!!!! Hope the life centre has a nice new pool!! Cheers!!
Remember well the taste of the chlorine pies in the cafeteria, yummy!
I loved the place as well..I learned the kids to swim there..I even loved the smell..even years later when I no longer went,I loved going past the vents outside just to smell the memories.
I remember as a school kid going to the old pool just up the street a way, we were so proud of Wigan's "Olympic" size pool when it opened, except that it wasn't quite Olympic, none the less it was a huge source of enjoyment in my teens and twenties.
Great photo brings back alot of happy memories, i also remember learning to swim here with school, in my opinion this pool was loads better than the new one they have built, it had better seating areas, cafe etc,
i use to go every week to the old baths and to the new one, i was told it was a metre short and that's why they never used it for big competitions.
Horrible building. Typical 1960s poor design. I'm glad it was demolished.
Is the bloke on the left hoseing the young lad down?
i loved the old baths n diving boards they should have refurbised the building as life centre as no atmosphere to it
gary u avnt a clue
I was able to go to the baths on a sundays before it was open to the public bak then.....cause me uncle worked there and him and his co workers used to clean the 16 ft area with divin tanks on......use take a few mates it was great havin the whole pool to yourself.....and learned to dive to with air tanks on...but was an eerie place down in the changing rooms on your own or just you and a few mates
Never have I visited the Life Center yet! It has been standing now for around 2 years and I'm in no hurry to visit there. The old international pool are great memories for me growing up in the late 80's.
My best memory of the international pool was of the first year. On the first Sunday of the start of the Wigan summer holidays I swam the length of the pool underwater.
love this pool went every night after school to meet my diving mates fond memories never forgotten