An influx of potential new members has breathed new life into a club devoted to vital emergency skills.
Sudbury Life Saving Club was launched in 1967 to teach people life-saving skills and qualifications after three brothers drowned in the River Stour.
With just five remaining members, it was facing the prospect of folding.
But an open day on Sunday attracted 29 youngsters who all expressed an interest in joining.
John Sayers, chairman and one of the club’s founders, said: “For the Life Saving Club, this was a lifesaver.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when they all started coming in. It has given us the inspiration we needed to go forward with strength.”
Sudbury Life Saving Club meets at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre on Sundays at 7.30pm.