Fancy a dip? Busy mum Ali Graver re-opens her local pool at Hemsby in time for half term break
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Going back to work after having children and finding something that fits in with the family can be a challenge.
But a busy mum-of-two has taken the plunge - by re-opening her local swimming pool two years after it shut.
Ali Graver used to sell power tools but is hoping to make a splash with her new venture in Newport, Hemsby.
The 44-year-old has taken a ten year lease at Bermuda pool breathing new life into the seasonal holiday park amenity and opening it up to the wider public.
She said being able to swim was a crucial safety skill, a good way to socialise, get fit, and have fun and that she was happy to be 'giving something back' to the communtiy.
'I want people to come and swim and I want people to enjoy it,' she said.
'It really is a lovely pool and there is plenty of parking. As much as we have rules we do not want to spoil people's fun.
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'That is what it's all about - being safe and having fun.
'But this is not the finished article, we are a work in progress.
'It has so far cost more than I thought and possibly more than I wanted to invest but I do want people to come and for it to be a really nice, clean, swimming experience.
'Newport Road needed this and the site needed it, that is really the main driver.'
The last few months have been a whirl of activity as the 1987-built pool was modernised and given a sleek new logo designed locally by Perfect Pixel Media and window graphics.
But one of the steepest learning curves involved the use of chemicals with levels checked every two hours to ensure they are safe.
A fully-trained life-guard is on site at all times.
Ms Graver of Ormesby St Margaret is being helped by her neighbour Jai Byrne, who greets people at the reception desk.
They both have chalets in the area and understand the impact the pool's closure had on visitors and locals.
Dozens of local people and chalet owners attended a launch on Saturday with grandparents, teenagers, and people of all ages saying they were impressed with the changes and pledging to come back for a dip over half term.
The 70m by 9m pool is available to hire, for parties, and for special needs groups and benefits from easy access steps.
It hopes to offer a 'quiet swim' for children on the autistic spectrum if there is demand.
Opening hours are currently 10-5pm seven days a week with an afterschool swim deal, increasing to 9-5pm over the school holidays.
But the operators are open to suggestions and say they are 'feeling their way' when it comes to what people want.
To find out more contact the pool through the Facebook page.