Party to celebrate synchro swimming club’s anniversary

Green Arrows swimmers
Green Arrows swimmers

THE 40th anniversary of the Green Arrows Synchronised Swimming Club, which has a strong Hucknall connection, was celebrated with a special event.

More than 100 past and present swimmers and coaches, plus family and friends, attended the event, which was held at Papplewick Village Hall.

Many members of the Nottingham-based club hail from the Hucknall area, including the current team captain, 18-year-old Alice South, of Whyburn Lane.

Alice opened the celebration with a short speech about the club and thanked chief coach Elaine Walters, and her mother Brenda, who is president, for all their hard work over the years. It was Brenda’s late husband, Bert, who created the Green Arrows in 1971.

To thank Brenda for her commitment, the club presented her with a ruby anniversary rose, which they hope she will plant in the garden and watch grow, with the Green Arrows, for the next 40 years!

There was also a presentation, from the older swimmers, to 26-year-old Olivia Shelton, of Papplewick Lane, Hucknall, who has been with the club for 16 years.

The partying began when a group of members, plus Elaine, presented an on-land synchro routine, which they had prepared to surprise Brenda. The routine included music from Lady Gaga and the song, ‘YMCA’!

A memorable night was enjoyed by all, with Alice saying she looked forward to the next party in the year 2051!

The Green Arrows train at Nottingham High School for Boys every Tuesday and Thursday. They compete up and down the country, with their latest appearance being in Birmingham last Saturday when they presented four routines.

OUR PHOTO shows the quartet who presented the on-land synchro routine at the event, as a surprise for Brenda. They are (from left) Olivia Shelton, Elaine Walters, Rachel Gibney and Georgia Stone.