Event will celebrate re-opening of hydrotherapy pool

A celebratory event to mark the re-opening of St George's Community Hydrotherapy Pool will take place next week.

The pool, which underwent a programme of refurbishment and repairs after a leak was discovered last March, re-opened to the public at the end of October. The celebratory event will give guests the chance to see the results of the refurbishment and speak to some of the people who benefit from the pool.

St George's is a heated wading pool used for exercising and is the only one of its kind in the region which is open to the local community to help manage pain and health conditions. Since the pool opened to the public in 2011, it has supported over 3,500 local residents ranging in age from six months to 90 years old.

As well as fixing the leak, the pool was completely re-lined, ceilings were ripped out and replaced and new safety systems were installed. Alongside this, in October a ‘Ground Force’ style project saw volunteers help dig up the existing car park in preparation for resurfacing works to take place.

At Tuesday's event, Mayor of Peterborough Councillor John Fox will unveil one of the new signs for the pool, which has been donated by Serpentine Green shopping centre, and give a short re-dedication speech.

This will be followed by the presentation of cheques from the St George's Friends and Service Users and Inspire Peterborough towards the repair costs. Guests will be free to look around the facilities and chat with pool users.

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and member of the pool's steering group, who will also be attending the event, said: "Around 250 people across the city each week rely on St George's for pain relief and companionship.

"This is a great opportunity to thank the many people who have helped make the refurbishment happen, either by donating money or giving up their time to help carry out some of the work.

"Although we are committed to building a brand new facility in the city by the end of 2019, it was essential that the repair work took place to ensure we could continue to provide this service in the meantime."

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