Chichester centre celebrates 25th anniversary

The Queen isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone this month, with a Chichester leisure centre celebrating its 25th birthday.

Westgate Leisure Centre marked the occasion on June 10 with an intimate cake-cutting ceremony.

Leisure centre team managers were joined by the chairman and leader of Chichester District Council to mark the milestone and enjoy a slice of the centre’s success.

Chairman Peter Clementson and operations manager for Westgate Leisure Centre Richard Minton proudly cut the birthday cake to mark the occasion.

Richard Minton read from an annual report written in 1987, the year the centre was opened, highlighting its successes since it was published.

There was also a display of photograph albums showcasing the history of the centre and developments in years gone by.

Richard said: “We really do make a big difference to the quality of people’s lives in the district.

“The centre is looking forward to supporting four charities this year and is looking ahead to the Olympics and the part we can play in the Olympic legacy.”

The centre is supporting four charities in various events this year, including the Moonlight Walk to support St Wilfrid’s Hospice and events to fundraise for Children In Need.

The centre is opening its doors and inviting the public to join in and celebrate its 25 years with them on Sunday, July 22.

Members of the public can enjoy a whole host of different activities all day free of charge.

From 9am to 5pm the centre will be offering free swimming, an inflatable swim, snorkelling, aqua tots and Waterwalkerz sessions.

A number of sports will also be available free of charge in the birthday celebrations, including racket sports, trampolining, rugby and football sessions and mini Olympics.

There will also be the opportunity to use giant inflatables, rebound therapy and try out free taster classes.

Chichester District Council leader Heather Caird said: “I am absolutely thrilled. It has been an exciting process being involved with Westgate Leisure.

“We provide a service for some people who aren’t well and for those who are referred by health professionals. That service wouldn’t be available without these centres.”