CUSTOMERS are returning to the West Craven Sports Centre at Barnoldswick following a relaxing in coronavirus restrictions.

After four months of being closed, the Pendle Leisure Trust centre, along with Pendle Wavelengths and Pendle Leisure Centre, reopened its doors for gym and swimming sessions.

In preparation, over the last few weeks all centres have been thoroughly, deep cleaned and new restrictions and health and safety measures - complying with Government guidelines – have been put in place, including social distancing, one-way systems, contactless payments and hand wash stations installed.

Sam Bowden, Manager at West Craven Sports Centre, said: “Everyone was so happy to be back – we even had one lady do a jig on the side of the pool before getting in – she was so excited to be able to swim again!

“The feedback has been extremely positive, with everyone saying they felt safe and complying with the new procedures, as well as thanking staff for their efforts in helping to get the centre back open.

“All ages returned, with all our family swim sessions being fully booked, our older regulars returning for the Early Bird swimming sessions and our gym and fitness classes being well attended.”

Pendle Leisure Trust’s Chief Executive, Alison Goode, added: “We are delighted to be back open and have had some fantastic feedback from our members and customers. They are glad to be back, feel safe and have had a warm welcome – so we couldn’t be happier."