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MAKING WAVES.

WITH a pirate ship and new wave machine, a leisure pool is set to become a star attraction.

The old Whitley Bay Leisure Pool has been transformed. It closed in June 2007 for a pounds 6m revamp and been restored with new features.

Re-named Waves, it opened yesterday as part of Whitley Bay's pounds 64m regeneration programme to help attract more visitors to the seaside.

Among the first to use it was 10-year-old Owen Greenwell, who won a competition to name the centre, and his classmates from Monkseaton Middle School.

Owen said: "Before the pool closed I used to play there with my friend. I knew there were going to be new things like the pirate ship, but that the waves were going to stay. Because the waves were still going to be there I thought that would be a good name. I'm looking forward to playing in the pool."

The pirate ship, called The Rock Hopper, includes mini slides, water-squirting geysers and animals, and a water treasure chest.

It was built by Wiltshire-based Country Leisure and named by Sasha Henderson, a pupil at Whitley Lodge First School.

There is a large swimming pool, a learner area and a new wave machine.

The spa area has a spa pool with hydrotherapy jets, a saunarium, a steam room, sauna cabin, a salt inhalation room injecting eucalyptus and menthol essences into the steam, and relaxation beds.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2009
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