EXERCISE enthusiasts will soon be able to take advantage of increased opening hours at a popular Stourbridge leisure facility.

Crystal Leisure Centre, in Bell Street, will be open from 7.15am for lane swimming and the to allow early-birds to use gym equipment, on weekdays from Monday February 3.

The increased open hours are in response to customer demand from people keen to exercise at the beginning of the day - previously the pool and gym opened at 7.45am.

Councillor Stuart Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “It is so important to stay fit to remain healthy and we are always looking at ways that we can help residents achieve this. At the Crystal Leisure Centre we had an influx of requests for earlier opening hours to enable people to exercise before work or other tasks in the day.

"We thought that this was a fantastic idea and we are happy to oblige.”

For more information, call 01384 812800 or visit www.dudley.gov.uk/sport