Swimming tribute moves to new home

The memeorial to long distance swimmer Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg OBE which has been moved from The Battery car park to the promenade opposite Regent Road.

The memeorial to long distance swimmer Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg OBE which has been moved from The Battery car park to the promenade opposite Regent Road.

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A MEMORIAL celebrating the achievements of a long distance swimming legend has been moved to a new home on Morecambe promenade.

Born in Canada in 1912, Commander Gerald Forsberg enjoyed countless record breaking successes both in the UK and overseas and was awarded the OBE in 1954.

As well as breaking the England-France cross Channel record in In 1957 at the age of 45, Commander Forsberg was the first person to make a two-way crossing of Morecambe Bay the following year. His love of open water swimming and the area saw him swim across the bay 29 times.

Following his death in October 2000, a memorial celebrating his life was presented to the town by the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA) in June 2002 and located at the Battery end of Morecambe promenade.

See The Visitor (18-10-11) for full story.