Professor Alice Roberts visits Farleigh and District Swimming Club

The Wiltshire Times reports: POPULAR television presenter and university professor Professor Alice Roberts has officially opened some new stone steps down to the River Frome for the Farleigh and District Swimming Club.

Founded in 1933, the Club is believed to be the oldest and only (non-naturist) river swimming club in the country, with around 5,000 members.

Professor Roberts, 49, from Bristol, is a wild swimming enthusiast and presented a one-hour documentary on BBC Four on the past-time in August 2010 inspired by Roger Deakin's book Waterlog.

Quoting from Mr Deakin’s book, Professor Roberts urged club members to support the campaign to make UK rivers safer for public bathing by reducing pollution.