Today saw a mass demonstration of users of Tunstall Baths and residents of Tunstall who are angry at the closure of the much loved and much needed pool.
Chants of "Save our Pool" could be heard from around the streets, as the protesters waved their placards.
The protest, which was organised by the Ladies Aqua group who use the pool on a tuesday have become a rallying point bringing the community together, with representatives from Greenfields, QRAT and Bankeyfields residents associations and members of the public together.
This Friday the 18th a meeting has been organised at Christchurch on Furlong Road (in the church) at 7:30 all welcome and next week the Aqua group have organised a A "Swim In" at 1:30pm all are welcome, bring a trunks or a costume, standard charges apply (well it's for a good course).
The demonstration caught the attention of all of the local press, but sadly the only people missing where our towns Councillors and areas MP.
Radio Interview with BBC's Becky Wood and Janet Henson
Becky Wood from the BBC interviewed Janet Henson, one of the Aqua group members
Janet - I feel it's very sad, this is a grade II listed building, the oldest working swimming pool in the Uk, and it's been here for a very long time .
These swimmers and this community depend on this pool.
BBC Hasn't the decision already been decided to close the pool, is there a point to this?
Well yeah of course there is, we've sent petitions last year, again this year and letters , but unfortunately our voice wasn't heard. But we really feel that if we just sit back and just let it be boarded up
it would be such a shame, when we need this pool in this community
BBC the council has got to save money somehow how would you like to see it saved?
It's a really hard decision by the council and they have got to make cuts, but with us all getting fatter, and with obesity and ill health, surly a facility that is going to prevent some of these illnesses is needed and short sighted.
Perhaps the council should have spoken to us as a group about how we could have helped to run the pool as a co-operative before just wielding the axe.
We are really passionate , we want to save the pool, but we want more dialogue with the council, the aqua fit ladies and the swimmers.
BBC Whose going to miss out? To a Ex swimming teacher demonstrating
800 children swim here each week, therefore must be £1600, there aren't more schools banging on the councils doors to save this facility , the sooner we get a child to swim, the better it will be. We all know children like to play around water.
But normally were water is, it's in a secluded place. This is a life saving point of view, a life skill. We swimming teachers do what the parents can't do, we teach the children what to do.
BBC: Is it a case of if you shout loud enough, do you think you will be heard?
We did shout, but in a very digniffied way, we will head down to the civic centre in our costumes we'll do that, but we'd rather have dialouge first.
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