Neptune blessed the waters in a long standing tradition at the opening ceremony of the Pells Pool in Lewes.
He was the first to enter the waters, this year donning goggles and a snorkle to swim a 50 yard length of the pool, emerging still holding his trident to a round of applause.
The new mayor of Lewes Susan Murray formally declared the pool open at 12 noon on Saturday May 23.
She was joined by newly elected MP for Lewes Maria Caulfield and chair of Lewes District Council Ruth O’Keeffe.
Chair of the Pells Pool Community Association Conrad Ryle said: “The fact that elected representatives for Lewes at all levels are here today is testament to the importance of the Pells Pool for the whole area.
“The Pells holds a very special place in the heart of the people of Lewes and has done for generations.
“The support of the town council and the efforts of volunteers, plus the hard work of our pool manger Phil Ransley and his team, mean we can continue to provide this unique place for generations to come.”
Hundreds of people attended the event, enjoying some sunny weather, swimming in the pool and relaxing on the lawn and terraces.
The children’s race across the pool - this year two widths to the lane ropes and back - was too close to call.
It was jointly won by two Lewes girls, Maisy Hancock and Charlotte Sida, who received a free season ticket for 2015.
Cllr Murray said the Pells was a unique community resource for people in the area.
She praised those who helped to save it from closure in the 1990s and who ensured it continued to run successfully.
Cllr Murray also pledged continued support from the town council.
The Pells Pool season continues until mid-September with the pool open every day at noon.
New for the 2015 season is a regular weekday early morning opening for adults from Monday June 1, 7am-9am.
More information can be found on Pells Pool website www.pellspool.org.uk
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