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Actor in bid to save Dartford school pool

Actor Mackenzie Crook has returned to his Kent roots to help save the swimming pool at his former school.

The star, made famous by television show The Office, visited Sutton-At-Hone Primary School near Dartford.

He was putting his weight behind an appeal to save the school pool which needs £80,000 of repairs so it meets modern standards or it will be shut.

He described it as "criminal" that a pool should face closure as everyone is being encouraged to be active.

The facility, where the Pirates of the Caribbean actor learned to swim, needs new flooring and new heating.

'Many millions'

The school has applied for £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, but the remaining £20,000 still needs to be found.

Crook said: "There is a swimming pool here that is about to be closed down because it doesn't come up to today's standards and that does seem rather criminal to me.

"It is the year before the London Olympics when so many millions are being spent on building new facilities and here is a pool that is already here that just needs to be updated."

Crook was born in Maidstone and bought up in Sutton-at-Hone where he went to primary school before attending Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.

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