An interesting exhibition was given by the Rushden Swimming Club who demonstrated life saving, various strokes, and neat and fancy diving.
Subsequently, members of the Rushden Police Force caused a stir when a constable was seen to fall into the water. No sooner had the supposed accident occurred than Inspector Knight, fully clothed, entered the bath from the deep end, swam to the "drowning man" and took him to the side of the; bath, where he rendered artificial respiration. Immediately the "patient" regained consciousness he was thrown into the water again and had to swim! After this episode, which drew repeated laughter, Inspector Knight divested himself of his uniform in the water, a feat that attracted no little admiration.
At the presentation of prizes, Mr. W. W. Rial presided, supported by Mr. G. W. Gardam (treasurer), Mr. E. L. Brightwell (secretary), Mr. T. W. Elliott (starter), Dr. D. G. Greenfield, Mr. A. Allebone, C.C., Mr. J. Roe and Mr. P. Blunsom.
Calling upon Mr. Allebone to present the prizes, Mr. W. W. Rial said they w very grateful to Councillor W. E. Capon for the presentation of the gold medal to the winners of the championship events.
Mr. Allebone said he was sure that they would like him on their behalf to thank those who had helped in making the swimming gala such a great success, and especially the Rushden Swimming Club for their excellent exhibition of diving and swimming and also the Police Force for their well enacted accident to a policeman and the rescue by Inspector Knight both being in full uniform. Continuing Mr. Allebone speaking for those present, said he was sure they all had a nice time and hoped future events would be a success.
Mr. Allebone then distributed the prizes.
The results were: — Boys 10-12, 1 P. Causebrook (Alfred Street) 27 seconds 3. A. Knight (Alfred Street).
Girls 10-12, 1 J. Sayer (Alfred-street) 25 seconds.
Relay race for shield, 1 Alfred-street, M. Worrall, T. Hodgkins, E. Bennett, R. Iliffe 98 seconds.
Girls 12-14, 1 E. Wells (South End) 25 seconds, 2 E. Middleton.
Boys 12-14, 1 C. Wilford (Intermediate) 25 seconds.
Plunging competition, 1 R. Iliffe (Alfred-street).
Old boys' race. 1 F. Beale (Intermediate) 43 secods, 2 F. England (Newton-road).
Old girls' race, 1 K. Albon (Intermediate) 48 seconds, 2 E. Hooton (Intermediate).
Boys championship, 1 D. Martin (Intermediate) 51, seconds, 2 B. Norman (Intermediate).
Girls' championship, 1 M. Worrall (Alfred-street), 45 seconds, 2 W. Yates (Intermediate).
Boys' back race, 1 R. Iliffe (Alfred-street), 34 seconds 2 G. Houghton (Intermediate).
Girls' back race, 1 M. Worrall (Alfred-street) 25 4/5 seconds, 2 E. Knight (Newton-road).'
Boys' balloon race, 1 J. Foster (Intermediate), 2 P. Causebrook (Alfred-street).
Girls' balloon race, 1 B. Wells (South End), 2 J. Cheale (Intermediate).
At the conclusion. Mr. Rial thanked Mr. Allebone for his services and the Rushden Council for the use of the Baths. The officials were: Judges; Dr. D. G. Greenfield, Messrs. A. Allebone, C.C., J. Roe and P. Blunsom; starter, Mr. T. W. Elliott; competitors' stewards, Mrs. G. M. Hensman and Mr. E. T. Huke; recorder, Mr. S. Saddler.