Countdown to start of a new era for home of iconic Byrne Avenue baths

THE iconic home of Byrne Avenue Baths is reopening as a community resource later this year.

The Rock Ferry landmark has undergoing extensive renovation works for the last four years – and stage one of the development is now ready to open its doors.

A sports hall and community room will be available from September, with more long-term plans including re-opening the original swimming pool and baths and a new cafe.

Since then they’ve raised more than £500,000 to begin restoring the Baths to its former glory and to create a new space for local people to enjoy.

This weekend is the 90th anniversary of the laying of the original foundation stone.

To mark the occasion Byrne Avenue Trust, the charity behind the project, is inviting people to find out more about their work.

They’re keen to hear from anyone who remembers using the Baths or who has photographs and memorabilia to share.

A crowdfunding campaign is also being launched to fund the next stage of the renovation project – a new café on the ground floor, situated in the Gents’ Slipper Baths.

Residents and supporters can sign up to pledge funds and receive rewards once the cafe is open.

Speaking about the plans, Byrne Avenue Trust Chairman, Ben Harrison, said: “We’re really excited to be finally opening our doors in September.

“We want the Baths to be a place where local people, of all ages, feel welcome to come and enjoy everything from film nights and ‘knit and natter’ sessions, to badminton, Zumba and indoor football.

“The 90th anniversary feels like a great time to be able to share our plans and the great news about the launch and our crowdfunder.”

To find out more and pledge your support, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-slipper-baths-cafe–byrne-avenue-baths

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