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Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 12:42 GMT
Baths petition taken to Downing Street
Tipton Baths
Sandwell Council closed the pool in July
About 100 members of the Tipton Baths Protest Group travelled to London on Tuesday to hand over a petition with more than 11,000 signatures on it.

The baths, in Tipton's Queen Street, were shut by Sandwell Council in July because of high running costs and outdated facilities.

But the group, which has received a letter of sympathy from prime minister's wife Cherie Blair, say the closure of the baths could prompt children to swim in the canal instead.

Campaign chairman David Bartley said: "Today is all about the people of Tipton getting the message across to Sandwell Council.

Police escort

"We've come down here with 11,500 signatures to get our swimming baths reopened.

"We're presenting it to Tony Blair. This is also a symbolic gesture to Sandwell Council the people of Tipton want Tipton baths reopened."

The petition will be presented by nine-year-old Thomas Round, of Tipton Green Junior School, who saved a youngster from drowning in the canal after the baths shut in July.

He and five other campaigners will receive a police escort along Downing Street before handing in the petition.

They will also meet top boxing promoter Dean Powell, who was born in Tipton.


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