Pells Pool prices stay frozen for third year in a row

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The Pells Pool in Lewes is keeping its prices fixed for the third year in a row, as the popular outdoor venue gears up for its 2013 season.

And the children’s ticket price has stayed unchanged at £2 a day since 2004, while inflation would have pushed that up to £2.50.

Phil Ransley, Pool Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to keep our prices fixed again – so we can offer good value for money to people coming to swim and sunbathe. And our new wristband system introduced last year means people can easily come and go all day for the entrance price.”

The Pells has already had advanced orders coming in for its season tickets - costing £68 for an adult, £39 for children or £152 for a family of four (two adults and two children).

Phil said: “Someone worked it out last season – for the kids’ season ticket it’s just 33p a day over the 120 days that we’ll be open. Can’t be bad.”

He added: “We are also keeping our popular happy hour price after 6pm, for those who want a quick swim after work.”

Season ticket application forms are on the Pells website www.pellspool.org.uk or can be picked up at the pool over the forthcoming Volunteers’ Weekend on Sunday, May 5, and Bank Holiday Monday when people help to get the pool ready for the new season.

The first swim of the 2013 season is from noon on Saturday, May 18.

Volunteers’ Weekend sees plenty to be done – weeding, painting and cleaning – to get the pool ready for the first swim of the 152nd season.

Everyone, young and old, is welcome to lend a hand - even if it’s just for half-an-hour - and the venue will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days.

The pool, which is run by the Pells Pool Community Association and supported by Lewes Town Council, has continued to make improvements over the winter, with four new sand filters to keep the water clean, new shower enclosures by the lawn and refurbished changing rooms. Phil added: “We’ve given the changing rooms a smart make-over since last season, so everyone can have somewhere nice to change when they swim. And we have big plans for the future, with more showers, a new paddling pool and extending the kiosk to serve the Pells park too, for which we’ll be doing more fundraising.”

With the official opening on Saturday, May 25, the usual midsummer party, and even a triathlon in store, the 2013 season should be one everyone wants to help get ready for.