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Young at heart! Huddersfield over 50s group get to grips with Splash Park at leisure centre

The group had some fun at Huddersfield Leisure Centre's Splash Park at a themed charity event

You are never too old to make a splash.

That was the message behind a fundraising event with a difference held at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.

A group of men and women, many aged in their 60s and 70s, descended on the centre’s Splash Park.

And while the area is usually occupied by younger swimmers, the mature thrill-seekers were not afraid to try out some of the more intensive slides.

The special fundraiser was organised by Anne Bradford.

Anne co-ordinated Huddersfield Owls over 50s group when it was based at the town’s sports centre and still organises activities for the group at its new home.

More than 50 members and their friends attended the private Hawaiian-themed party on Saturday ... and they loved every minute.

Fund-raising Hawaiian party at the splash pool, Huddersfield Leisure Centre. Tony Whittaker on the big water slide

They got the chance have a go on the variety of attractions including the pools, slides, lazy river and water flume.

Many were keen to brave the Sidewinder, a 7m tall half pipe-shaped blue slide.

“Quite a few of them were excited about going down the Sidewinder,” said Anne. “It’s fabulous. The first second when you go down you’re thinking ‘I’m going to fall’ but it’s soon over and you want to go back up there again!

“These activities are something you can take up when you are both old and young and hopefully this could become a regular thing if it’s popular.”

The 30°C temperature of the pool was perfect helping to create the event’s tropical atmosphere.

There were also palm trees, cocktails and prizes for the best-dressed male and female as participants were encouraged to wear bright clothing.

All of the money raised from the evening will be donated to Mission Aviation Fellowship, a Christian organisation which uses planes to transform the lives of the world’s most isolated people in need.

Anne, of Crosland Moor, worked with the Owls group for 17 years and was a keep fit instructor at the former sports centre

She now works as a meeter and greeter at the new leisure centre.

Anne encourages adults of all ages to get involved in the centre’s Get Active days, which the new Owls group now runs and includes a variety of activities.

She said: “Hopefully this event will encourage others to use the facilities as well as the children and show them that there are things they might have not have thought about using.”

Fund-raising Hawaiian party at the splash pool, Huddersfield Leisure Centre. Super slashing lovely..And they're in with not a hair out of place.



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