The Corporation Pond
‘The freezer’; the open-air pool
refreshed by the North Sea with each high tide,
& relished as the coldest swim in Britain,
opened as wind blew bitter from the east.
The sun shone, but few that day braved the town’s first pool
that permitted men and women to bathe together.
Until then men swam nude off the promenade
and women swam in ‘modest’ clothing, overshadowed by the rocks,
where all males ‘even of tender years’ were warned away.
But now here for all was the new Corporation Pond.
A mannequin parade and a brass band feted the crowd
gathered to witness
‘an outstanding event in the history of the town’.