The outdoor swimming pools in Hitchin and Letchworth are to open their doors for summer this Saturday, in line with the bank holiday weekend and the start of the half-term break.

The Comet: Letchworth outdoor swimming poolLetchworth outdoor swimming pool (Image: Archant)

It’s a special year for the Hitchin pool in particular, as it marks 80 years open. North Herts District Council, which owns the facility is set to hold an event in the summer to celebrate.

Councillor David Barnard, who is responsible for leisure at the district council, said: “The pool is a great place for people of all ages to come together to enjoy al fresco swimming or relax in the sunshine.

“With the half-term break coinciding with the opening we are looking forward to welcoming the first of hopefully thousands of visits over the coming summer season.

“We are lucky to have two 50-metre outdoor pools in the area and we are proud to be able to provide local residents with the opportunity to use these fantastic facilities.”

Both outdoor pools are heated and have smaller heated pools for toddlers and smaller children, with grassed areas for sunbathing and cafés. They can both be hired out for parties and other events.

They are set to stay open until Sunday, September 9.

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