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Alan Esdaile… I can smell the chlorine!
Paul Coleman… Wow! That does bring back memories, including the smell of chlorine! Great pic. Never thought of seeing it in colour. Bexhill could do with a decent pool like that ! Some hope.!!
Carol Arnold… Aaaahhh loved it there!!!
Dave Nattress… I recall this scene well. We used to come over from Bexhill to use this indoor pool as we only had the outside Egerton Park pool. Or the sea – which was probably about the same temperature as Egerton Park. I assume the water was heated? Anyone know if it was?
Nicola Dobson… the outside pool in the park had no heating but was always a deep blue colour and also a deep pool
Phil Gill… That’s where I learned to swim, I can smell it from here. Lovely pic. The smaller pool in the eastern side was always great fun too. Now I want a powdery hot chocolate in a plastic cup from a crappy vending machine.
Russell Field… Phil, it was warm black current for me. Walking out to meet mum with albino eyes
Sheila Devine… Phil, ha yes the hot chocolate! Also the changing rooms with the wooden bench’s and stubbing your toes on the tiles – loved it!
Lloyd Johnson… We were always there in the 1950s….Alan Mitchell me and Johnny Mitchell….great fun….
Nadia Compagnone… If you left your clothes touching the floor in the changing rooms, they got soaked when somebody dived in!
Pauline Hillier… Nadia, It was such an exciting day out ! I can smell it ! Brilliant days !!
Sean Fox… Shame the council, didn’t do it up and instead opted for tiny pool at summer fields! it was such a great pool! Swam there with primary school and seagulls swimming club. Happy days!
Glen Collins… Sean, I remember my mum and dad taking me down there for swimming. Was a fantastic pool but those changing cubicles were freezing
Allan Mitchell… Awesome Picture I Remember Those Days Always In There Great Swimming Pool Thanks For Sharing This.
Lin Greenfield… Went twice a week
Gaynor Lewry… Loved it
Anne Phillips… Gaynor, so very sad it’s no longer there! Where exactly was it?
Kelly Hayes… Anne, it became an ice rink and is now The Source skate park
Jacquie Hinves… It was bloody cold!
Patrick Briggs… I spent so many days there loved it
Andy Warren… One of the reasons I came to Hastings as a kid.
Tracey Lawson… Andy, yes I remember too x
Ruthie Dufaur… Andy, loved our days out, traveling on the bus ….I remember them well …..what fun ! X
Albee Wright…Learnt to swim there… happy daze
Claire Melhuish-Durkin… Wowza what a loss
Sheila Maile… Went once a week from school
Debbie Hitchman Adams… I can remember this being very noisy and hot.. I actually hate indoor pools haha
Richard Turner… Loved going there with my nan in the 70s . Sadly it was falling to bits by then always remember the smell of chlorine. The treat of a hot chocolate after happy days
Kathy Wood… Girls changing on the right and boys on the left
Alan Esdaile… Well remembered. I think the small baths had the changing rooms or should I say torn curtains!! the other way round with the girls on the left and boys on the right, as you look in from the deep end?
Nick Bearkeeper Rowland… Those were the days. I spent a lot of time there.
Tony Addy… Learnt to swim there many moons ago
Lucy Pappas… My weekly visit always ended with hot chocolate!
John Mcewen… Where we had swimming lessons at junior school. Hated it. Never did learn to swim.
Chris Meachen… HESSA.. still got my certificates for width & length somewhere…
Jane Hartley… Chris, dear old Mr Yorkstone
Malcolm McDonald… Mr Friendly at Priory Rd 1979 he made me confident I could do my 1000mtrs medal 20 lengths in a certain time and I done it presented the medal in front of the whole school, great memories. Yeah done Hessa too.
Sarah Jane Roberts… Did up to gold honours in that pool, blowing into pyjama bottoms to stay afloat! Also split my head open doing a back flip into the pool. My dad had to collect me and take me to get stitches
Lynda Whatley… I remember those days!
Paul Bannister… I saw the picture, and immediately I can smell chlorine
Leigh Mitchell… I used to go there regularly with my Dad in the early 70s, wouldn’t be surprised if we’re in the photo somewhere!
Andy Coleman… Swimming there on Friday after school, with HESSA is my memory
Stuart Moir… I swam there when I first moved to Hastings .
Clare Bennett… I went swimming there as well!
Terry Pack… I swam for Bexhill Swimming Club and, like Dave Nattress, used to swim at White Rock during the winter when the Egerton Park pool was closed. Unlike him, I did swim in the sea every Sunday morning in all weathers! I loved the jukebox at WR and played Up the Ladder to the Roof and Nathan Jones every week
John Wilde.. Don’t forget the Sauna. Am I the only one that remembers the sauna?
Mike Waghorne… Went there a few times when I was a kid !
Pete Prescott… Yes I remember ! I went there only once. When I first came to Hastings.
Gerry Fortsch… The days of Robertsbridge youth club, a swim and then fish and chips from the Hollington chippie eaten on the coach on the way home, those were the days, bloody great.
Sean Michael Doran… I used go to as a kid , below the ground level! I I used go every day in summer
Janette Morfey… It was great. Always went there with the family when we were kids. Shame it was changed into other things
Steve Sutton… That was a great pool , so to was the bathing pool , although , it was bloody freezing
Pauline Sims… Certainly brings back some memories, not all happy! But I can just smell that chlorine, especially if the ground floor windows on the outside of the building were open – lovely
Paul Gray… I remember swimming with my school, Priory Road, usually in the winter and it was freezing. Changing rooms were grim and the floor always felt slimy. The only highlight was the vending machine which served hot chocolate or Bovril which came out of the same nozzle! LOL!
My aversion to public swimming pools began at the White Rock Baths and I avoid them at all costs!
Mick O’Dowd… Spent a lot of time here. I remember that chlorine smell as well. Went with both junior and Grammar School here. Personally I preferred the “small baths”.
Tracy Birrell… I loved it there.Learnt to swim at H.E.S.S.A.
Andy Clarke…I learnt to swim there. Was always down there as a kid. Still miss it now.
Chris Akister… is that the one that became an ice rink for a while?
Peter Beaney… Hot chocolate enough said
Andy Ives… I used to have swimming lessons there with a club called Barbarians
Karen Towner… Seagulls and Hessa – my second home from 7-12 years old – especially remember the galas – then secondary school and home work took over!
Simon Walsh… Went there a few weeks back…this is how it looks today….I could still smell the chlorine!
Pat Gerrish… Where I learnt to swim.
Carl Maynard… Much warmer than Summerfields and a proper 50m pool. Unfortunately I also remember the cockroaches in the changing rooms and the hot Bovril afterwards
Peter Brazier… I can understand what was unfortunate about the Roaches! But surly the Bovril wasn’t that bad? Personsly i miss the swiming bathes! I like thousands of other locals learned to swim there! Only Bad thing I remember is the Resident Pervert who liked to flash his bits at the Girls! (They would mostly point and laugh!)
Graham Matthews… Staplecross Primary school early 1960s we went once a week via Cooks Coaches from Westfield. Happy days.
Pauline Sims… Graham, Cooks Coaches also took us from Claverham, Battle
Alan Esdaile… Do you remember the mangle to squeeze out the water from your swimming costume and the massive hairdryers?
Lucy Pappas… YES!!
Sandie Carlyon… I was taught to swim at HESSA. Got all the 4 stripes on my cossie for different distances.
Graham Sherrington… Sandie, still have my certs and ribbons.
Alan Esdaile… I think the mangle used to look something like this, without the tray underneath???
Sandie Carlyon… Loved it. Learned to swim there.
Dawn… Tried to learn to swim with the school there but only ever sank. Sadly still can’t swim to this day. I remember me and a friend got left behind on one trip and had to make our own way back to school – no one even noticed. Terrible days was glad when it closed
Nicola Dobson… I learnt to swim in the smaller pool
Linda Turnbull… I think it was Miss Penny that taught us on Friday afternoons. We were also taken by coach from school.
Alan Esdaile… I remember a Miss Penny.
David Fairbrother… Linda, Yep, I remember those trips, with Bob HUXSTEP in charge !
Linda Turnbull… David, Would have been Rye. They had their own pool. It was Guestling I recall on Fridays
June Jeffery… Yep,this is where I was taught to swim. Then I joined Hessa, this was inthe 40s/50s.
Barry French… Was the water pumped from the sea? I recall the water having a salty taste & I think there may have been a sign which read “Warmed sea water for your swim” Great to hear people reminiscing about Cooks coaches, bought back memories of Mrs Tommset driving us screaming kids from Westfield to Claverham.
Lynda Caine… My dear old mum was a H.E.S.S.A member Pat (nee) Miller, her words great childhood memories, great friends, great times .
John Coleman… It was always cold in there!
Ray Barry… This photo brings back my teenage years swimming for Hastings & St Leonard’s ( Duckings) playing water polo. Anyone remember The Flip Flops, Derek Fitton and crew entertaining the crowd with there tricks off the diving boards.
Shirley Bartlett-Mead… Loved going on Saturdays
Jacqueline Marsh… I remember going there to watch my late cousin Alec Button swim in the Butterfly swimming race one year, I was only little and thought the place was enormous
Lynda Caine… Yes Ray Barry mum saids she remembers Derek Fitton .Does anyone remember Mrs Wingrave
Steve Donovan… Verruca central, plus some weird stuff growing in the changing rooms