LETTER: Who can remember the days when summer in March included a trip to the swimming baths on the 20 foot river at Chain Bridge?
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Firstly may I thank you for providing such excellent coverage of the service and inauguration of the new memorial to my uncle, Harry Betts which was held at the Chapel of Ease in Guyhirn on August 18, 2018
Another reason for contacting you is to send details and photographs of an item which may be of interest to your readers.
This concerns the old swimming baths on the 20 foot river at Chain Bridge. There may be others, as well as myself, who remember these in their "Hey Day". For others it may be a puzzle as to what these ruins once were.
I recall them being very crowded and busy during the summer months with many young swimmers and others enjoying the water.
On busy days there could be well over a hundred people there, everyone arriving on their bicycles.
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The facilities were very basic with changing rooms built of corrugated iron; some of the ruined walls still visible in the photographs.
Another bit of excitement was the water polo matches which were played there regularly. March Water Polo Team.
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I recall going there regularly in the forties and fifties. I don't know when they closed.
How times change.
Hoping you will find this of interest
How times change!