The BIC swimming pool in pictures

A PHOTO from the Bournemouth Echo archives of the old BIC swimming pool sparked fond memories for readers.

Yesterday we featured an image of the pool as our photo of the day both in print online and dozens of people shared their fond memories of it.

One person said: ‘A FANTASTIC childhood memory, went there every Sunday before a roast dinner and homework, so glad I grew up in the tech free world.’

Someone else said: “Loved the water which started very low and gradually got deeper. And the wave machine was the best part EVER. I miss it, I wish they would bring it back.”

Another person added: “It was an amazing pool, which I have a lot of memories of. The sound of the horn before the wave machine was about to start was very exciting to make sure you were in the best spot to get hit by the waves.”

Echo of Bournemouth:

The swimming pool opened in Bournemouth town center in 1984.

Echo of Bournemouth:

The pool, with its artificial wave, was popular with locals and tourists alike. And in 1986, Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew opened his new waterslide.

Echo of Bournemouth:

However, patrons of the BIC, which was used for events including the Labor Conference in 1999, needed more exhibit space to compete with other large new conference centers.

In 2003, a campaign under the slogan “Save the Wave” was launched with the aim of saving the pool.

Read more: The story behind Bournemouth’s lost pools

Echo of Bournemouth:

In 2004, a £22 million upgrade of the BIC was underway. This meant a much larger Windsor Hall, allowing for major tours by singing stars and comedians. And there was the extra exhibition space, with the Solent Hall instead of the pool.

Read more: Bournemouth’s Pier Approach in pictures: from Victorian times to the Imax to the present day

Bournemouth Echo: Esther Rantzen shoots a piece on lilos for That's Life at the BIC swimming pool in 1989Esther Rantzen shoots a song about lilos for That’s Life at the BIC swimming pool in 1989

It was the first time since the mid-Victorian era that the general public would not have an indoor swimming attraction in the town centre.

Other old downtown pools include the Pier Approach Baths which opened in 1838, where water shows were presented to delighted crowds before they closed in 1984.

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