A Blast from the Past

The Melton Times reports: New photo exhibition is a fascinating look back through Melton’s history.


An exhibition displaying fascinating images of the town’s past was opened to the public on Saturday and it will run through to July 7. Many of the pictures, which have been taken from collections kept by the Thorpe End museum and the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, have not previously been seen by the general public.


Melton river swimming gala 1930 at Swans Nest.

There is also an image showing outdoor swimming in the town’s river in 1930. It shows a gala at the lido, on a loop in the river east of Burton End, known as Swans Nest. Diving boards and wooden changing huts were installed. Mixed bathing wasn’t allowed.

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Go online at http://www.imageleicestershire.org.uk to see a bigger collection of old historic photos collected by the county council.

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