OCTOBER 1961 and members of the Bradford Dolphins swimming club who had just finished their annual gala at Bradford’s Windsor Baths had been given the prestigious opportunity to ask Bradford’s very own Channel conqueror, Dorothy Perkins, any questions they liked before the swimming ace gave them all a demonstration of her swimming skills.

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During the same month Miss Perkins, also paid a visit to Bradford’s Grange Baths to meet some of the children who had joined her new swimming club, the Bradford Penguins. Meetings were held every Monday night, with Dorothy taking on the important role of club secretary, treasurer and chief coach.