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Guildford Spectrum to Celebrate ‘Freedom  Day’

Published on: 15 Jul, 2021
Updated on: 20 Jul, 2021

The Spectrum Leisure Centre was used as a food distribution centre during the first wave of the pandemic

Following the latest government announcement on the relaxation of Covid restrictions, Guildford’s leisure centre, Spectrum, is planning to celebrate “Freedom Day” next Monday (July 19).

A spokesperson said: “We’ll be raising a glass, or a reusable coffee cup, to mark ‘Freedomleisure Day’ and there will be a cup waiting for our visitors on us.

“We look forward to seeing all our loyal, regular customers and hopefully some new visitors finding out the obvious physical and mental health benefits it can provide.”

Ivan Horsfall Turner, Freedom Leisure’s managing director, commented: “There has never been a better time to try and be more active, more often. For some, the pandemic has seen an increase in activity but for many others physical activity and health and wellbeing have lapsed.

“Local community leisure centres can help those affected get their activity levels back on track.”

Cllr James Steel

Lead Councillor for Environment James Steel (Lib Dem, Westborough) said: “Monday marks a monumental milestone in history as restrictions are fully lifted for the first time since March 2020.

“We have loved welcoming many of you back to our leisure centres as restrictions have eased. Being active is really important for our mental and physical well-being, especially after such a challenging period in our lives.

“This summer has been, and continues to be, full of fantastic sport that we have missed over the pandemic. We hope you feel inspired to get active and support your local leisure centres.”

The Freedom Leisure spokesperson admitted that the wider leisure sector had suffered financial pressures during the pandemic.

He said: “It is important that we also recognise the strength of our client partnerships and the role they have played during the pandemic and will continue to play over the next few months.

“Without the support of Guildford Borough Council the continued provision of leisure services in your area may not have been possible and centres may have needed to close permanently.”

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Responses to Guildford Spectrum to Celebrate ‘Freedom  Day’

  1. Alan Morris Reply

    July 15, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I know some will see me as an iconoclast but does anybody else get irked by the doublethink that is engendered by the term “Freedom Day”? Before we truly reach that day there are still a lot of other freedoms that would make Britain a more equitable place to live in.

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