They were making a splash with the Hartlepool water babies of 1996

Everything was going swimmingly for these Hartlepool youngsters 23 years ago.

Friday, 21st June 2019, 4:54 pm
Updated Monday, 1st July 2019, 12:54 pm
A smile and a wave for the camera.

These parents and toddlers are pictured having a great time at a 1996 Swimtots session at the Mill House Leisure Centre.

Anyone from three months to four-years-old could get along and learn an appreciation of the water – and be given vital safety advice at the same time.

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Britteny Seymour and Katy Pearson, both aged four, are enjoying their time in the water.

Centre manager Mark Hawkings said at the time: “With Swimtots, the emphasis is well and truly on fun. There are a variety of games which builds the child’s confidence.”

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Ready to make a splash.
Matthew Dunn, 2, gets a helping hand from instructor Laraine Grieveson at the 1996 Swim Tots session.