The Olympic past of club’s sauna revealed

FOR decades the “oldest Olympic sauna in existence” has refreshed athletes, Test cricketers and even the father of Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger.

As a thank you for the use of its running tracks before the 1948 games in London, the Finnish Olympic Committee dismantled its Richmond Park sauna and do- nated it to Aylesford. The building remains in place on the old Reed Paper Mill site and- was still in regular use by its 22 members until 18 months ago. Secretary and treasurer of Cob- down Sauna Club, Richard Young (69), said: “I always knew the building was something special, but I never imagined it would be this significant to so many people.” The sauna is now in need of new fire doors, exits, signage and electrics that could cost the club more than £4,000. Mr Young (pictured), who has been a member of the club for 30

years, said the British Sauna Soci- ety had no idea of the sauna’s sur- vival. He added: “I wish we had con- tacted them sooner, but we had no clue. The founder and president of the society, Mika Meskanen, was gobsmacked at the Finnish features – everything from the footbath to the doorknobs.” The Finnish team used Aylesford Paper Mill’s running tracks to train

for the games and donated the sauna to the sports club as a token of their appreciation. The sauna has been used over

the years by everyone from vil- lagers calling in after a hard day’s work to world-renowned athletes, international footballers, cricketers, and rugby players. For information about joining

the club, contact Richard at richy- or 07734960706.

News Charity run

to help Seth A MAIDSTONE running club is hosting a pirate-themed virtual fundraiser in aid of schoolboy Seth Dickenson, who is battling a terminal illness. Seth (7) was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was four. The event, run by Maidstone Harriers, is set to take place from March 1 to 14. The club is encour- aging people of all abilities to walk, run or jog 10km in a single day and help them raise as much money as possible.

The money will be donated to Brainstrust, a charity that has sup- ported Seth and his family since the start of his illness.

For more information visit arityrace.

Drugs arrest

A SUSPECTED drug dealer was arrested in Maidstone. Police cars were seen parked in

Mote Road at about 4pm on Jan- uary 19. A 29-year-old local man was ar- rested and later released pending further investigation.


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