Closure of the Union Street Baths

The Old Baths in Union Street were closed at short notice at the end of the 1960 season on health grounds.  This obviously presented a problem to the club.

It was decided to approach Atherton Urban District Council and seek permission to use Atherton Public Baths for swimming and water polo.  This was granted.

Atherton Swimming Club were very good to Tyldesley during that period, particularly Mr. Kershaw the baths Superintendent who went out of his way to co-operate with the club.

However, the period at Atherton Baths proved extremely difficult and but for the dedication and loyal efforts by members at the time, it is possible that the club could have disbanded.

Whilst at Atherton, Tyldesley Swimming Club still enjoyed some success.  In 1963 Tyldesley won both the Manchester & District 2nd Division Water Polo Championship and also the Junior Championship.

The conversion of the Old Majestic Cinema into the present baths was completed in 1964 at a cost of approximately £67,000.  The baths were officially opened on 22nd May 1964.

The club moved back and a grand commemorative gala was held on Saturday 8th August 1964.  At this gala Pauline Sillett of Radcliffe won both the Girls and Ladies 110 yards Freestyle Championships of Lancashire and took both of the T.T. Bradshaw trophies.  2 other Lancashire Championships were decided at the gala.  The winners being H.S. Smith of Harpurhey in the Boys 110 yards Backstroke and S. Hall of Burnley in the Girls 110 yards Breaststroke.  Jeff Webster a member of the home club was third in the Boys Backstroke event.