Relaunch of Newcastle's City Baths begins 'year of hope' for historic pools

City’s Turkish baths, refurbished after a local campaign, first among several set to reopen in UK

Newcastle’s municipal Turkish baths are to reopen this month in what campaigners have dubbed “a year of hope” for historic swimming pools around the country.

The art deco City Baths were mothballed by Newcastle city council in 2013 in a “slash and burn” round of cost-cutting which also saw the closure of Sure Start centres, libraries and museums.

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