Banbury Open Air pool cancels lessons as queues cross the car park

The queue outside Banbury Open Air Pool earlier this afternoon - picture by Louise Armstrong
The queue outside Banbury Open Air Pool earlier this afternoon - picture by Louise Armstrong

Woodgreen staff have been handing out cold drinks to people standing in queues across the car park at the Banbury Open Air Pool.

Swimming lessons between 4pm - 5pm have been cancelled.

People have waited hours in the heat; others have given up and gone home. Picture by Louise Armstrong

People have waited hours in the heat; others have given up and gone home. Picture by Louise Armstrong

On the hottest day of the year the pool has gone online to warn that it is not allowed to let more than 300 people in.

So families standing in the sweltering sun are being allowed in one by one as people leave.

Management have warned that they will not accept any abuse of staff who are having to observe the capacity rules.

The pool Facebook page said: "We try to get everybody in as quickly and safely as possible, but we only have space for 300 people in our swimming pool. This can at times mean we have to go one out, one in . Sometimes, it may not even be possible for that and we have to accept that we are at maximum capacity. This is for the safety of you all and us.

"We will NOT accept abuse to our staff in ANY circumstances. If this occurs, you will be asked to leave the facility and the police may be called.

"Please be sure to bring water, protection for your skin, hat/sunglasses etc. The queue may be very long and it is due to be warm."

A busy day at the open air pool but today beats all records for queues

A busy day at the open air pool but today beats all records for queues

The pool before opening times

The pool before opening times