A local businessman who took the plunge and splashed out to save Castleton Swimming Pool has been hailed.
Rochdale Borough Council teamed up with entrepreneur Nick Crewe to set up a community asset transfer and save the popular pool from closure.
And this week local councillors, service users and the new community interest management team, which will operate and maintain the baths, came together to officially re-open the 100 year old baths.
It is a remarkable turnaround for the historic building after its doors were locked as a safety precaution last December (2016) when small traces of Legionella were found in its shower system.
Since an 11th hour rescue package was secured, a group of staff from Crewe Industrial have been working round the clock to breathe new life into the pool, which is mainly used by a number of swimming clubs and schools.
Now, to the delight of the community, swimmers are once again enjoying a dip at the famous baths, which first opened to the public in 1910.
Castleton Councillor Billy Sheerin, who worked alongside ward colleagues Councillors Aasim Rashid and Jean Hornby to help save the baths, said: "It's just wonderful for the local community and a real boost for Castleton. I can't thank Nick enough for his time, energy and investment in the project. He has ensured the pool can be enjoyed by generations to come. I am absolutely thrilled."
Nick Crewe said: "I simply couldn't let this famous old pool, at the heart of the Castleton community for 100 years, close to the public. The pool is a fantastic facility which is going to be even better when the refurbishments are finished. This is a real tonic for people of all ages in Castleton and beyond. Thanks to everyone who has helped to make my vision a reality."