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Lane 4 Stockton No Piranhas or Sharks!

Date: 3 February 2015

Allow me to start with a joke,

 Bill Gates decided to hold a contest for the lawyers. Whoever wins gets to handle all of Microsoft's business. The day of the event, the Gates' estate is swamped with lawyers, all eager for the nod from the richest man in the world. "Gentlemen," Gates starts, "please follow me."

 He leads them to an enormous swimming pool filled with piranha. Then he snaps his fingers. With that, a servant opens the door. A cow rushes out and stumbles into the pool. In no time at all, the cow is nothing but bones.

 Gates says, "Any man who can swim the length of that pool shall represent me in all my business and personal dealings." Instantly, a lawyer named Carl pitches into the water. Furiously he swims across the pool, hauls himself out and stands there panting."

 "Bravo!" shouts Gates. "You have proven to me how much you want my business." "Actually, I want just one thing." Carl gasps. "What's that?" "The name of the bugger that pushed me in." (source:’’ )

Now we may not have piranha at Lane 4 Stockton, but we definitely have our fair share of sharks just over the hill at the local beaches, and as this holiday period can attest too with massive beach closures due to sighting of serveral big great whites.

After coming to Stockton, its quiet apparent how proud of the significant shark nurseries that starts from Stockton the locals are, however I cannot understand how anyone would choose to swim in the seas when they have the alternative of a lane 4 pool at Stockton.

We had several locals come in and utilize our facilities whilst the beaches were closed, however now the beaches are open, I just cringe at the thought of them swimming in the open water. In our local paper, just this weekend was an article called “Close Encouters – Llving Alongside the Great White”. In a nutshell it shows the shark experts, the surfers and the beach lifeguard all having conflicting views about these massive preditors.

However my mind is pretty clear, Lane 4 stockton will always be my preference for a safe and relaxed swim for my family and I am quite happy to extend this safe invitation to any other  local "beach" goers. 


Caption The only sharks you'll see at Lane 4 Stockton are the blow up ones.!
Newcastle City Council