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Mayor of South Tyneside takes final swim at Temple Park Centre swimming pool

Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ernest Gibson preparing to take the final swim at Temple Park Centre Swimming Pool

Councillor Ernest Gibson, the Mayor of South Tyneside has made his own piece of history as he took the final swim at Temple Park Centre swimming pool, before it closed its doors to the public for the very last time.

To mark the occasion, the Mayor took a dip in the swimming pool and also enjoyed a fun slide down The Aqua Blaster.  The pool at the Temple Park Centre has been serving the local community for the past 36 years, when it opened on 21st October 1977.

Councillor Gibson, said: "It was fantastic to be the last person to swim in Temple Park Centre swimming pool. It has been an amazing servant to local people down the years by creating a vast number of fond memories for generations of South Tyneside residents. I remember excitingly queuing around the block when it first opened, as I visited the Centre with my mam and dad.

"Swimming is a valuable and accessible leisure activity that helps to keep people fit and healthy.  It's also a lifesaving skill and a wonderful way to help fight the battle against obesity.  The borough is recognised for its swimming achievements with a number of medal winning athletes being from South Tyneside including Josef Craig and Nicole Lough. We have a great deal of potential talent to nurture for the future."    

Councillor Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure at South Tyneside Council said: "The swimming pool at Temple Park is making way for Haven Point, the state-of-the-art leisure facility on the Foreshore in South Shields.

"The Council continues to invest in leisure across the borough, as we see health and wellbeing as being an important aspect for people's lives. Haven Point is a landmark legacy project that will be taking the swimming baton from Temple Park and providing people with the ultimate leisure experience."

The swimming pool at Temple Park Centre has now closed with Haven Point opening on Monday 28 October. For further information about Haven Point please visit  

Even though the swimming pool has closed at the Temple Park Centre, the 'dry' facilities including the gymnastics centre, sports hall, Bodywise fitness suite, Bodyshokk Junior gym, and the squash courts are still remaining open to users. For further information please visit

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