Perfect weather for pool opening

It was perfect summery weather for the official opening of Pells Pool in Lewes on Saturday.

The warm sunshine brought hundreds of people to the pool during the day and Neptune, aka Pells Pool Community Association Chairman Conrad Ryle, performed the traditional blessing of the water.

Neptune’s partner Amphitrite was also in attendance.

Around 30 people took to the water for the traditional big splash as swimmers leap en-masse into the spring-fed waters.

Water temperatures were 15 degrees and rose to 17 degrees as the lovely weather continued through the long weekend.

Cakes and fruit were on offer to visitors and children took part in a race across the pool with prizes of a season ticket for the winner and, for the first time this year, courtesy of Mayor Ruth O’Keeffe on her first official duty, one for swimming technique.

The pool stayed open until 7pm and community association member Rob Read said lots of people bought season tickets.

“We opened at noon and had a queue and crowds which is always nice to see,” he said.

“It was a really nice bank holiday weekend - we had three days of lovely sunshine and were very fortunate.”

The popular Lewes venue, now its 152nd year, is the oldest freshwater outdoor pool in the UK.

The next date for your diary is the Tongue & Groove Midsummer Pool Party on Friday June 21 with covers of music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

A new venture this year are pilates classes starting at the pool from June on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at noon, with half the money raised going to the pool.

Pells is also hoping to do a triathlon using the pool.