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Swimming from Bury to Gallipoli

Press Release   •   Jun 21, 2013 09:44 BST

Join local author John Mather for an illustrated talk about his fascinating swimming journey around swimming pools in Greater Manchester and Gallipoli.

The talk is on Monday 1 July (2.30-3.30pm) at Bury Local History and Archives Service, in Moss Street, Bury.

Having visited the 55 pools in and around Greater Manchester, John has turned his research into a comic style guide book which includes the history of the buildings and the swimming.

Among his achievements have been completing the Great North Swim on Lake Windermere, the one-mile Hellespont stretch separating Asia from Europe, and taking a dip in Russia’s Lake Baikal, the Black Sea and the Red Sea.

At the talk, visitors can buy a signed copy of John’s “Greater Manchester’s Public Swimming Pools: A Pictorial Guide” and view photographs and documents from Bury Archives Service.

Booking is not required, but for further information telephone 0161 253 5871 or email


Press release issued: 20 June 2013.