An over 50s swimmer has carried off a Swimmer of the Year award for the second year running.

Dennis Mellows is a member of the Neston Over 50s Swimming Club, one of the oldest sports clubs in the town.

Club chairman Sue Shipman said he has attended regularly since it was founded almost 30 years ago.

He received his award from Lesley Finnigan, recently appointed facility group manager for Brio Leisure which runs the Neston Recreation Centre on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Speaking to a general meeting of the club at The Royal Oak, Little Neston, Ms Finnigan said she was glad to be able to quash rumours that the forthcoming redevelopment of Neston High School would harm the centre.

She was looking forward to fresh opportunities working in partnership with the school and centre users.

The club has offered to help find money for new stairs so that people with knee and hip problems can enter the water without having to use the vertical ladders now in place.

Previously known as the Golden Age Swimming Club, the group was founded in 1984 when Neston Recreation Centre won a NW Sports Council award as part of a campaign promoting Sport for All for over 50s.

A meeting of interested local residents was called and the voluntary club has operated twice-weekly social swimming sessions for the over-50s ever since.

New members are welcome who wish to enjoy a swim with friends of the same age.

There is no need to book and the club meets upstairs at the centre and swims on Mondays and Fridays from 3.15pm to 4pm.

It can be contacted on 0151-336 3675 and 0151-201 6627 or by e-mailing