Second annual John Battle Gala makes a splash at Bramley Baths

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John Battle cutting the ribbon on an exhibition which chronicles Bramley Baths' past. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

More than 100 children from ages four to fourteen made a splash in the second annual John Battle Gala at Bramley Baths.

The gala was a fun and inclusive event where the participants demonstrated their swimming skills to their proud parents and carers. The gala is named after Sir John Battle, former MP for Leeds West, who retired as the leader of the community led organisation in 2021 and played an important role in the campaign to save Bramley Baths from closure in 2013.

Jennie Willets, a duty manager at Bramley Baths, said: “The second John Battle Gala was a fantastic success, filled with energy and high spirits, with an underlining message of inclusivity.

“The gala is testament to the high quality of swimming lessons that are delivered day in, day out by our fantastic team, particularly our swim teachers. As we approach our 120-year anniversary, the event celebrated not only our swim school participants and dedicated team, but also the power of community and what is possible.”

Also present at the gala was Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves who welcomed the participants at the registration and later handed out prizes.

Ms Reeves said: “It was fantastic to see so many children taking part in the gala. I congratulate the participants on their hard work and the staff for making the gala possible.”

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