briantaylorA naturist swimming club that meets weekly at Northfield Pool and Leisure Centre has been suspended from using the facilities pending a full investigation, following the conviction of their former chairman.

The Birmingham Mail reported on Thursday that Brian Taylor had resigned from his position as chairman of the Spectrum Naturist Club at the beginning of September, following his conviction for child porn offences in late August. According to the Mail, Taylor, from Tamworth “was sentenced to a three-year community order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children.”

Taylor resigned from his role at Spectrum, as well as his position as director of British Naturism, a week later, when both organisations learned of his conviction.

The club, which Taylor joined in 2006, has been using Northfield Pool for many years and members of all ages were welcomed for swimming and other social activities such as yoga and a monthly meal.

The club celebrated its 30th Anniversary just last month and their website, which is no longer available, stated that around 50 people attended their regular sessions, saying: “At Spectrum we try to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where families, couples and singles alike can come and enjoy a couple of hours of naturist or nude swimming and socialising.”

Cllr Brett O’Reilly (Lab Northfield) said on Thursday: “I was shocked and appalled to hear of this man’s actions and conviction, and my thoughts go out to all of the victims concerned. It is my understanding that Brian Taylor is no longer a member of the naturist club concerned, and as such it is unlikely that he would be seeking to use the leisure centre in Northfield in the future.

“From a personal point of view, I would like to make it clear that this man is not welcome at Northfield Leisure Centre, and staff have been reminded to report immediately any suspicious behaviour or concerns over safeguarding of children or vulnerable people. Furthermore, I have asked officers to pursue the legality of banning Brian Taylor from using Northfield Leisure Centre in the future.” he said.

And today, Cllr O’Reilly confirmed that the club had been suspended from using the facilities at Northfield Pool and Leisure Centre: “until a full investigation has been undertaken, and we assured that no children or vulnerable adults are at risk.”

Read more on the Birmingham Mail website

5 COMMENTS

  1. Why allow a naturist or nude swimming in a local area community swimming pool anyway??? It doesn’t seem right at all especially inviting families along to these sessions. People try and protect vulnerable children and people alike but doing this kind of activity allows people like the ‘chairman’ to satisfy there own pleasures. Makes me sick just thinking of it. All these groups should be barred and if they have a need to swim naked go and do it in the privacy of a beach where access is restricted and no children are allowed.

  2. “Please” never judge everyone the same, I belive in freedom of speech and freedom of activities. As the saying goes never judge a book by its cover. I myself joined a nudist club many years ago and now enjoy the freedom, relaxation from it. Even though I was very nervous at first. I find all the members to be very friendly and respectful to the clubs they belong to and the local community. Many families go to these clubs and to see how they all generations

  3. “Some how my previous comments was sent before I finished”….

    enjoying the freedom of being nudist together is unbelivable. On holiday beaches or community swimming pools on private days, all the members are like one big happy family, satisfying there own pleasure of freedom and happiness that it brings. We are not all bad apples.. But very respectable people.

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