Swimmers are back in the pool at Salendine Nook - six months after the roof blew off.
And that’s welcome news for a swimming club based at Salendine Nook High School which has splashed back into action, after worrying times.
Salendine Nook Swim Stroke Technique owner, Anita Murgatroyd, was left high and dry and uncertain of her club’s future after the sudden storms, which tore off roof panels on February 12.
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But despite long delays to the repair works, which caused the business to lose £12,000 and affected the progress of her around 170 pupils, she now hopes to go for gold once again after returning to the waters.
Anita, who leases the pool to run several weekly lessons for children and teenagers from private company Spie Facilities Services, was only able to provide alternative classes for one third of her pupils at facilities in Almondbury and Fartown, which she said some pupils had struggled to get to.
She had to use up all her savings, go without a salary and had to ask her 10 staff to take a 50% pay cut to keep the club afloat, after Spie, who managed and run the pool, announced several delays to the contracted-out repairs and installation of new guttering and down pipes.
The roof was ripped off the swimming pool when gales gusting at more than 60mph lashed the area.
The repairs were initially expected to be completed by February 24 but were pushed back to March, April and June, before doors finally re-opened on July 21.
She said: “It’s great to finally be able to get back into the waters again, even if we’ve had to wait until August, when many families are on holiday.
“I don’t want to dwell on what has happened but we have managed to keep our head above the water and can only look forward.
“We’re going to make the club bigger and better than ever before and we just want to let everyone know that we are back in business.”
Also affected were the competitive swimming club which she founded, Huddersfield Crusaders.
Anita said: “We’ve had to write off competing in the 2014 Yorkshire Championships because the swimmers have not had the chance to work on their times.
“One member was within two seconds of achieving his qualifying time before the incident but due to the delays and missing out on his training he will have to try again next year.
“The kids have been itching to get back in the water due to the Commonwealth Games so we’re really glad that we’re back in the pool.”
Commenting on the latest delay, a spokeswoman for Spie, said: This delay was due to lead times on materials being four weeks and two weeks to complete the painting.”