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Swimming baths shut for last time

Protestors outside Coseley Swimming Pool
The protesters vowed to keep lobbying the council until the pool was reopened

Protesters gathered outside one of the Black Country's last public swimming baths as it shut for the last time.

Dudley Council said essential repairs to Coseley Swimming Pool would be too costly and it could not afford for them to go ahead.

Recent safety checks showed repairs to the building, which first opened in 1963, would cost in excess of £2m.

In April, more than 30 people, including children, had to be taken to hospital after a chlorine leak there.

Across the rest of the Black Country, pools still remain in Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen.

However, protestors said many of those were too far away for older swimmers to get to.

Parents, children and swimming clubs vowed to keep petitioning the council to get the pool reopened.

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