OUT IN THE FIELD: Sovereign Centre so tired it no longer has a pulse
I had more than a little chuckle to myself this week when the Sovereign Centre was described as “looking tired” during an interview about the plans to build a new place next to it and then bulldoze the original. This is a family newspaper so I can’t use the words I would normally utter to describe the place but let’s just say the place is so tired it no longer has a pulse. As I am not the only person to express that view, I am sure locals will welcome the news the town is going to have a state of the art sparkling new leisure centre. It’s certainly about time. I remember covering the opening of the Sovereign Centre as a cub reporter back in the 1980s when Princess Diana cut the ribbon and was presented with a posy of flowers by former tourism supremo boss Ron Cussons’ daughter Jessica. Over the years the centre has served the population and visitors well. My children learnt to swim there, I used the gym (yes, really) and in no way do I want to knock the hard work the lovely folk at Leisure Trust or Serco have put in over the years. But in recent times the icing has certainly worn off the gingerbread, the interior is looking more than tired and the council has made the sensible decision to build a new centre rather than revamp the existing one. As the old saying goes, you can’t put glitter on a turd. And you can’t polish one either.