15 years on, I’m ready to admit Norwich doesn’t have a Waterworld
I was trawling through our library system the other day when I came across a front page I wrote in 1997 about the proposed Riverside swimming pool.
These were the days when I was the Evening News' chief reporter on newsdesk, on the frontline, on shifts that were so horrendous that I quickly had a baby and took a job in the Monday-to-Friday, nine-to-five features department, instead.
Under the tantalising headline 'WATERWORLD!', I urged readers to join a campaign to secure enough National Lottery cash to start work on a pool which I said would, and I quote, 'make Norwich the envy of the nation'.
This modern-day Atlantis would include an Olympic-size swimming competition pool, a leisure pool with water slides, flumes and a hot bubble pool, moveable floors and walls to create pools of different sizes and depths, seats for 500 spectators, a restaurant overlooking the River Wensum, an adventure playground for children, a dance studio and meeting rooms for the community.
All that was missing was regularly scheduled dragon flights to Narnia and an Ikea concession in reception.
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Thousands of people joined the campaign, probably on the basis that this pool sounded really great: hot bubble pools? Yay! Flumes? Awesome! Moveable floors and walls? A bit random, but yes, if you say so.
I went to our 'WATERWORLD!' the other day and, I have to say, I may have misled you somewhat.
- 1 Monster rats 'the size of cats' invade city - and get in via the LOO
- 2 New café serves a hundred customers in two hours on opening day
- 3 WATCH: Bus and cyclist skip red light in city
- 4 Spectacle of light with 'Norfolk's biggest ever firework display' announced
- 5 Star-studded cast announced for Norwich Theatre Royal 2021 panto
- 6 Mayhem at some petrol pumps - but how are other city garages faring?
- 7 'Untouchable': People tell how Norwich killer left them in fear of their safety
- 8 This is where you can park for free in Norwich
- 9 Plan for 1,600 homes would see new school and health centre open
- 10 Siblings slam council for 'backtracking' on council flat
For hot bubble pool, read 'spa bath'. For flumes, water slides, moveable floors and walls, adventure playgrounds and Olympic-sized pool, read 'avoiding leathery-skinned pensioners grimly ploughing up and down a 25m pool and a few inflatables'.
What can I say? I copied it off a press release: I'm having that put on my gravestone.