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Sheaf Valley Baths in Sheffield hold many fond memories for Sheffield people. What were yours ?

Remember the infant pool ?

And the wristbands ?

And top splash ?

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A lovely set-up but another screw up for SCC who built a pool to no nationally, or internationally recognised standards... hence its short life when the City decided to go for the World Student Games!

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It's where we were sent to learn to swim from school, although most of us had learnt by then. We used to end up 'playing' in the diving area and daring each other to dive of ever higher boards until we got to the top concrete plinth.

Very scary on that top board, and I did once jump feet first but only the once!!!. I remember one friend being coaxed into diving head first. It took nearly the entire session for him to get up the nerve and with several girls getting in on the act he eventually went for it. It was a pretty good dive from memory and we were all in awe as he hit the water pretty straight. He eventually surfaced at the far left just about the same time as his trunks surfaced just about where he entered the water. Absolute uproar :) and we got severely disciplined by the pool staff and teachers - but still one of the funniest things I can remember - one of those hard to breathe situations.

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Many hours of fun spent in there, loved running from the back of the " top splash " and jumping off and when you fancied warming yourself up having a lay in the infant pool because it was as warm as bath water.

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I was there at the opening. 1972

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Many hours of fun spent in there, loved running from the back of the " top splash " and jumping off and when you fancied warming yourself up having a lay in the infant pool because it was as warm as bath water.

But there was a well known reason why that pool was warm!!!!!

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Officially Opened by Rolf Harris, Saturday 11th November 1972. At the close of the ceremony, Rolf Harris painted one of his now famous murals which he presented to the City of Sheffield as a memento of the occasion. The vivid landscape in orange and black was on permanat display in the Main Pool Hall . When the baths closed in January 1991 (as part of the redevelopment for the World Student Games), Paul Fletcher the managing director of Fletchers Bakery, whose daughter Nicola was a British Junior breaststroke champion and Olympic triallist bought it the mural and displayed it on the wall of the new burger bun plant off Claywheels Lane.

So what ever happened to the mural?

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