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Mum tells me that years ago (does anyone know when?) they used to hold dances at the baths and they covered the swimming pool and turned it into a dance floor. She can't remember when they did this and insists that she has been to dances at the 'baths'. Anyone out there remember details?
Thanks to Bernadette O'Hara!

The baths opened in 1933 and during the winter months was closed for swimming . The pool was covered by a wooden floor so that it could be used for dancing, or other activities including boxing matches. In the 1948/9 season dances were held every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the winter with a Resident band in attendance. There was enough space to accomodate 650 dancers. The hall was also available for hire for dances, meetings and other functions.
Thanks to Karen Cliff - Trafford Local Studies Centre!

I well remember the Baths. As a pupil at St Michaels, Flixton we used to walk to the Baths,cira 1946/8. Later on as a teenager go dancing on a Sat.night. This was the era of live bands.
Thanks to John Oxley Dean!

During the war certain people were supplied with internal shelters, these were large metal box frames that doubled as a dinning table over and a bed under, I think they were called Morrison Shelters. At the end of the war a certain number of these shelters were used to form a sectional supporting frame to support a dance floor at Urmston Baths. This work was carried out by what was then the Urmston Rural District Council Works Department then based at its Depot on Bowfell Road to the rear of the Flixton Secondary Modern School. At that time I was serving my apprenticship as a Joiner with the council and worked on both laying and removing this dance floor from 1950 to 1956.
Thanks to Richard Arthur Brown!

I remember, as a child, (late 50's early 60's) Urmston Baths was closed in the winter (pre central heating) as the water would have frozen over. Hence, they used to board over the pool to make a dance floor. I was too young at the time to go, but used to peep through the door to see what was going on! Incidentally, Tony Warren (Originator of Coronation Street) makes many a reference to Urmston Baths in his books! If you have not read them, they are worth a read, particularly if you originate from this area!
Thanks to Alison Jackson!

Urmston Baths - yes I remember them covering the pool with a dance floor and holding dance nights there, If I remember correctly, if was used for dancing in the Winter, and then re-opened as a swimming pool in the summer.
Thanks to Rod Cartledge!

The Rolling Stones played "The Baths" in the 60's. The opening act was Herman's Hermits.....I remember seeing Freddie and the Dreamers at the Princess Rooms. then one year in the 60's at Urmston Show they had get this ( all on the same night) The Beatles.....Brian Poole and The Tremeloes and The Dennisons....I Believe that both the Beatles and Brian Poole had the song "Twist and Shout" in the charts together at this time.....
Thanks to Brian Holt!

I too remember Urmston Baths very well. During the early part of WWII I think they were closed for swimming, but about 1943 they re-opened and on a Wednesday afternoon in that year or 1944 a squad of boys was marched from Urmston Grammar School to go swimming instead of the usual games activity. Most of my friends could swim, and when I saw them doing so effortlessly, I decided there was nothing to it and flung myself into the deep end (9 feet as I recall) - and immediately started to drown, because I'd never been shown how to do it. A lot of guys thought I was fooling around, but fortunately Ken Raynor and Bobby Walton decided I wasn't - and they fished me out, after I'd sunk for the third time. It was a damn close run thing and when I'd recovered after heaving and coughing up a lot of chlorinated water, I have a vivid recollection of the face of the teacher in charge, Mr. Wright. He was white. Anyway, thanks Ken and Bobby. Curious that I'm not sure of the year. Almost 60 years on now, and I wouldn't have wanted to miss a minute of it. I did learn to swim a year or so sfter that - after overcoming a certain reluctance to go back in there. And then a lot later we had the dances there in the winter. The resident band was OK and in 1953 (I think) the Johnny Dankworth Big Band played a Saturday night gig there. That big glass dome made for very intersting acoustics. The Baths have gone now, so when did that happen, and why did they do that? And what has replaced the structure?
Thanks to Peter Roberts!

I also saw the Rolling Stones at the baths and remember seeing Mick Jagger in the phone box outside the shops near the Curzon Cinema before they appeared later. I queued up for ages to get their autographs. If only I'd have kept them! Again at Urmston Show in that large tent where the Beatles and Brian Poole appeared - what great memories. Can you imagine what it would cost these days to see groups like that!
Thanks to Myra Trow!

Yes I remember the dances at the baths. I went to the New Year 'dance' in 1962 with my first girl friend!!! A lifetime ago!!
Thanks to John Land!


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