Blyth Sports Centre, in partnership with Blyth Town Council will be staging a big swimming event as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.

Customers and local school children are being invited to help swim a grand total of 18,240 lengths over a period of 24 hours from noon on Friday 7th July until noon on Saturday 8th July. Each length represents one of the days that the swimming pool has been open.

The event is FREE and all participants will receive a commemorative medal.

Lee Paris, centre manager at Blyth Sports Centre said:

“We are really excited about celebrating Blyth Sports Centre’s 50th birthday with this swimming event. We are delighted with the response from local people who have signed up to help us achieve 18,240 lengths, but we need even more to help us reach the target!

In addition to the 24 hour swim challenge, we will also be offering free swimming over the weekend. All ages and all swimming abilities are welcome to take part over the weekend and we are keen to ensure that everyone feels part of the celebrations.

We would also like to hear from anyone who attended during the official opening 50 years ago in 1967.”

The swimming pool will be open free of charge for public swimming after the swim challenge from 12.00pm-4.00pm on Saturday 8th July.

If you would like to take part and help the centre reach its target, please book an hour swimming slot at Blyth Sports Centre’s reception or call 01670 620200