Looking back at when Crown Pools were first opened in 1984

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

Delving into the archives we look back at to when Ipswich Crown Pools was first opened in 1984 and taking a look at those who took the time to queue up to enjoy the new leisure facility.

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

In the photos you can see those taking advantage of the leisure pool as well as taking a dip into the competition pool as well, being among the first to test the waters at the new pools.

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

Since the pool has opened it has seen plenty of investment and improvement, looking ahead for the future.

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

All three pools saw vast improvements in 2012, with £4 million being spent on the project to upgrade the facilities in the complex.

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

Over the course of the project, the roof was strengthened, new heating and filtering systems were installed among a general redecortation that happened in time for the Olympic fever that took over the nation in 2012

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant


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Are you amongst those that first swam in Crown pools? Let us know at Suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools

Some of those who waited in the queue to be part of the first swim in the new Crown Pools - Credit: Archant

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