A great place to feel great!

The new Brighouse Pool is official open. The pools new manager Janette Fee with the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Coun John Hardy.

The new Brighouse Pool is official open. The pools new manager Janette Fee with the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Coun John Hardy.

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BRIGHOUSE is leading the way in Calderdale’s drive to get fit.

Thousands of people every week are using Brighouse Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre and according to Calderdale Council’s deputy mayor, Coun John Hardy, it is “a great place to have a splash.”

Councillor Hardy was speaking at the official opening of the centre in Bradford Road. “The equipment at Brighouse is second to none and I would urge anyone who hasn’t already been to get down and try it out,” he said. “The pool and fitness centre are the sort of state-of-the-art facilities that people have come to expect.

“I’m delighted to have been asked to open the centre and even more pleased that they were constructed on time and to budget. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the design and construction for doing such a great job.”

Representatives from Sport England, local schools, sports and swimming clubs and contractors involved in the design and construction of the buildings were at the event.

Calder Valley MP and Rastrick Councillor Craig Whittaker said he was delighted to be at the opening of what was a real milestone for a lot of people.

The opening was also attended by Conn-Na Norman, a Year 11 construction student from Rastrick High School who spoke about his work experience with Ian Rainbow from Willmott and Dixon. “It looks fantastic and really helped me in my studies,” he said. “It was a valuable experience and I thoroughly enjoyed every visit.”

President of Brighouse Swimming Club Ann Trolland spoke about how the club has coped during the last five years since the old pool in Mill Royd Street was closed. “We managed to keep ourselves afloat and, with Calderdale Council’s help, secured funding to support the club through these times,” she said. “The pool has given the club renewed energy.

“Numbers are starting to grow and while we have lost many of our more senior and competitive swimmers we have got a strong middle group and I am sure we will get back to the stage we were at.”

She thanked all the people who had helped them in the five years, among them Echo sports writer. “We have been very grateful for his support over the last five years,” she said.

The pool project started in 2007 with money from the sale of Leeds/Bradford airport which was then owned by the five councils in West Yorkshire. Calderdale decided to use a proportion of its share of the money to invest in new swimming pools.

Councillors have been campaigning since the 1970s to get a new pool in the area and Eileen Gray whose grandfather, Lister Brook, built the old pool in 1913, has been heavily involved.

The date stone from the old pool building is now incorporated into the wall of the new building.

The centre includes a 25-metre main pool, a 20-metre learning pool, a fitness studio and a multi-use dance studio.

Thanks were given to everyone who had been involved in the project for their support since the project was conceived.