THESE images show work underway to expand and improve leisure services in Colchester more than a quarter of a century ago.

Much has changed over the years in the town, as some of these vintage photographs show, when it comes to swimming and relaxation.

For many years the town enjoyed an outdoor pool, or lido, at Colne Bank Avenue under the bridge, where there was also a cafe for visitors to enjoy.

And for almost 30 years the town has now been served by Colchester Leisure World.

In the early 1990s the existing structure was created including a leisure pool with flumes and also an 25 metre training pool for swimming club and individuals to train in.