Back in the swim!

Some of you may have already taken the plunge at Marshall Street Baths following its fabulous refurbishment, or read about the restoration project in our earlier blog post.

Marshall Street pool. Image property of Westminster City Archives.

The baths reopened to swimmers in July, but last Friday saw the official opening ceremony of the Marshall Street Leisure Centre, and it was a star-studded occasion!

Guests included Paralympic gold medal swimmer Giles Long, along with Michael Palin, who supported the campaign to reinstate the baths. The Lord Mayor, Judith Warner, was also present, and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Michael Palin, Cllr Judith Warner (Lord Mayor) and Cllr Steven Summers (Cabinet Member for Community Services) at the official opening of the Marshall Street Leisure Centre.

Michael Palin, Cllr Judith Warner (Lord Mayor) and Cllr Steven Summers (Cabinet Member for Community Services) at the official opening of the Marshall Street Leisure Centre.

Friends of Marshall Street Baths, Council members, officers, architects and builders enjoyed a well-deserved celebration of all the hard work that they put into the regeneration project.

Marshall Street people - one of the displays at the opening of the Marshall Street Leisure CentreMarshall Street people - one of the displays at the opening of the Marshall Street Leisure Centre

Westminster City Archives staff were at the event, as we had given a helping hand in telling the fascinating story of these historic baths. Four history boards drawing on plans and images from our archives collections were on display during the evening. We also took the opportunity to capture a few images of the opening event for posterity! We hope you like the pictures, and that they will inspire you to check out the wonderful facilities on offer at Marshall Street Leisure Centre, or maybe even to delve into the history of Westminster’s baths for yourself at Westminster Archives Centre.

[Adrian]

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