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Doomed baths to feature in film
A man swimming
Millions of pounds are needed to renovate the baths
A swimming pool that was earmarked for closure is to feature in a film as part of Birmingham's capital of culture bid for 2008.

The Edwardian baths, on Moseley Road, in Balsall Heath, will feature in the film, which is part of the city's campaign to be named as the UK's candidate for the European Capital of Culture.

The baths were given a reprieve after a public campaign but there is still no guarantee that their future is secure.

Campaigners hope the film will encourage more people to step in and help secure the future of the baths.

Extra investment

Selina Stewart, co-ordinator of the Save Our Baths Campaign, says it was a sign the city had changed its attitude towards the baths.

"The city has obviously decided it is an architectural gem and vital to the city," she said.

Birmingham City Council had planned to close the baths down after finding that millions of pounds were needed to renovate the building.

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said the decision to make the film, and to include the baths in the promotion, was nothing to do with them.

It is estimated the winning city in the capital of culture bid will benefit from the creation of 10,000 jobs and extra investment of about 100m.

The result is scheduled to be announced in the spring.

Birmingham steps up culture bid
17 Feb 03 |  England

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