Mop and pool

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While the health and safety fanatics of the present day would be mortified to see activities like this in a public pool – some may consider it a refreshing blast from the past.

This photograph was taken during the festivities of the Matlock Carnival in 1954.

Arguably, the highlight for a lot of people was the swimming gala in the town’s open-air pool.

In this picture crowds are watching the much-celebrated mop fight between two youngsters.

At the point the lens clicked, it does appear that they boy with his back to the photographer was in line for a victory in what was, no doubt, a fantastic watery challenge