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PUBLISHED: 10:11 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 May 2010

Head coach Alan Bowell is pictured with deputy mayor Jean Cook, and club members Christina Branch, Emily Burns, Becky Diak and Louise Moore - Pic: Dan Wilson 2050DW6

Head coach Alan Bowell is pictured with deputy mayor Jean Cook, and club members Christina Branch, Emily Burns, Becky Diak and Louise Moore - Pic: Dan Wilson 2050DW6

SWIMMERS from the past and present celebrated Buntingford Swimming Club s 30th anniversary with a special party. The event, at Freman College in Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford, showcased the clubs achievements and success of its swimmers. Head coach Ala

SWIMMERS from the past and present celebrated Buntingford Swimming Club's 30th anniversary with a special party.

The event, at Freman College in Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford, showcased the clubs achievements and success of its swimmers.

Head coach Alan Bowell said: "We thought it would be a nice idea to contact some of the old members."

Former members, including deputy mayor Jean Cook, were asked to bring their old photos, track suits and medals, which were displayed throughout the evening.

There was also a presentation for current swimmers, with Hertfordshire swimming president Mick Boon issuing individual awards and championship trophies.

Mr Bowell said: "It was a great night and was one of the highlights of the year."

The club which has 140 members, mostly aged between seven-20, has entered the Hertfordshire-based Major League.

It is also only the third club in the county to achieve a Swim21 accreditation - the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) quality standard mark for swimming clubs.

"The club is really developing and we are certainly moving in the right direction," said Mr Bowell, who has been at the Ward Freman-based club since its initial stages.

He added: "Over the years we have given a lot to the community.

"We give kids the opportunity to be involved in a local club, in which they get the chance to meet and make friends.

"The club is very pro-active towards the children in the area.

"We have also taught many youngsters to swim over the years.

"They learn all about water safety and a lot have gone on to become lifeguards and swimming teachers.

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