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A Bit Of A Cock-Up??

Posted by Boghound on October 4, 2012

Parents’ shock as children’s pool party coincides with naturist outing

Parents have complained after a public swimming pool hosted a children’s birthday party at the same time as a nudist swimming session.

The children were celebrating a boy’s seventh birthday at Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre. The young group had enjoyed a swimming party before going to the upstairs canteen for a birthday meal overlooking the pool.

Whilst they were eating members of a naturist group, consisting of about 20 male swimmers, were swimming in the pool below. Staff at the fitness centre had placed paper and bin bags over the canteen window in an attempt to block the view.

Parents who attended the party say that they had to stand in-between cracks in the bin bags and at the doors of a balcony in order to ensure that the nudist group were not visible to the children.

The mother who had booked the party said: “It was wrong and just never should have happened. The management should have told me that it was going on and I would not have booked the party.”

The mother, from Radcliffe, paid £54 to hire the pool and £12 to hire the canteen. She added: “A man at reception said the he had to let me know that there was a naturist party going on and it overlaps with our party. I did not believe him at first.

Would you really book that at the same time as a seven-year old’s party? If we had not been vigilant that the children would have seen everything and that would have been a disaster.” Another mother added: “It certainly should never have been on at the same time.”

A spokesperson from Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre said: “This naturist swim was a private booking from 6.30-8pm, at a time when it was assumed that no one else would be in the building. On this occasion, it would appear that we overlooked the fact that children, who were booked in the pool from 5pm-6pm, would then go into the canteen space on the first floor for their party.

"If further bookings are taken again they will be at a time when no other groups will be using the pool area.”

Bury Council said they have not received any official complaint relating to the incident.

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