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Centenary Cygnets back by popular demand

    The Centenary Cygnets – Jesus Green Lido’s very own synchronised swimming team – are giving a second performance of the Dance of the Little Swans on Sunday 17 September at 4pm.

    The nine-strong team are taking to the water again following their hugely successful debut at Jesus Green Lido’s centenary celebrations last month. 

    Resplendent in matching pastel hats, red nails and lipstick, the Cygnets were described by BBC News as “channelling their inner ballerinas”. A Cambridge Diary pronounced them “well rehearsed”.

    “We had the idea for the synchronised swimming in the winter over a post-swim cup of tea. Some of the appeal was in the glitter and some in the pure silliness of the idea,” says Danya.

    “We decided to call ourselves the Centenary Cygnets because we’re not quite as elegant as swans yet, and because one of our members was especially enchanted by the little fluffy cygnets on the Cam this spring.”

    The Cygnets’ coach, Beccy, used YouTube to learn the moves and took inspiration from other cold-water synchro teams. They then spent the spring and summer perfecting their routine at the Lido.

    The nine-strong group has taken to synchro like ducks to water, says Danya. “The best thing about it is learning how to do backwards somersaults – and the giggling.”

    Come and see them for yourself at 4pm on Sunday 17 September at Jesus Green Lido when the Cygnets perform a swan song for the pool’s cententary celebrations.

    Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the centenary such a huge success.