Wigton Baths is celebrating a year of hosting naturist swimming sessions.
Late last year the baths teamed up with British Naturism to stage monthly sessions in which people swim naked.
These take place on the second Saturday of the month and are attended by swimmers from across Cumbria and beyond.
Ron O’Hare, British Naturism’s campaigns team leader, was instrumental in setting up the sessions.
He said: “The first year was always going to be the most difficult while we get established.
“For the first one we had 53 people. We were never going to repeat that.
“The number attending now is always in the twenties. That’s a big increase on the number who were using the pool at that time for non-naturist sessions.
“It’s well supported by locals. Ninety per cent are locals. They’ve become friends to us.
“I’ve seen a couple at a naturist swim in Poulton, Lancashire. They’ve spread their wings.
“It’s more of a social session than a swimming one. People spend more time talking than swimming.
“Most people say after 10 minutes you forget you’re naked.
Source: News and Star
Original publication 10 November, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 22nd November 2019
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