Leisure staff have a good time with Lords and MPs

during the The House of Lords v House of Commons Speedo Charity Swim at Porchester Hall on November 27, 2013 in London, England.
during the The House of Lords v House of Commons Speedo Charity Swim at Porchester Hall on November 27, 2013 in London, England.

STOPWATCH specialists from a leisure centre in Felpham joined celebraties and parliamentarians at a charity event.

The staff from Arun Leisure Centre operator Inspire Leisure acted as timekeepers and officials at the annual House of Lords versus House of Commons swimming challenge.

Celebrities present included actress Joanna Lumley and Olympians Duncan Goodhew, Mark Foster and James Hickman.

A spokeswoman for Inspire Leisure said: “Monies raised from the swim will help to fund local organisations that give disadvantaged young people in Northern Ireland an opportunity to build peace across border communities.

“The event involved teams from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons and, for the first time, youth teams from Chelsea and Westminster Swim Club and Swim Ulster.

“The swim was a great success. It was great to see MPs, Lords and Ladies racing each other in their Speedos.”

The party from Inspire Leisure and Arun District Council included Dave Candler, the Inspire Swim School’s manager.

Inspire leisure centres manager Andrew Smith explained the operator was honoured to be asked to officiate at the challenge after being involved previously.

* Inspire has given Robin Hood a free month’s use of the Arun Leisure Centre so he can keep fit during the Bognor Regis panto.

Bryn Lucas, 34, has been given the freedom of the building with its two gyms and swimming pool while he is appearing in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood .

The show opens at the Alexandra Theatre tomorrow and runs until January 5.

“If I have a workout, rather than lazing around, it gives me energy,” said Bryn. “Inspire Leisure have been really good to welcome me.”