Turf-cutting milestone for indoor pool
MORE than half a century of community spirit, determination and fundraising came to fruition on Sunday when the first turf was cut on the Dartmouth and District Indoor Swimming Pool.
Supporters and guests gathered in the sunshine to witness the milestone event on a site at the town’s leisure centre in Wessex Way.
And as a spade went into the ground a spontaneous cheer went up from the crowd, who included those who had worked tirelessly on the project for several years.
For many it was a dream come true at the end of a roller-coaster ride that has seen the town overcome obstacles of red tape and set-backs.
Sir Geoffrey Newman, chairman of the trustees, said: ‘Cutting the first turf for Dartmouth’s new indoor swimming pool was an exciting moment and I am delighted that so many people from the community and local villages joined in the event.
‘The aqua displays that followed demonstrated the huge variety of uses for the pool and the importance to local clubs.
The indoor pool will be a lasting legacy for people today and future generations.’
The first turf was cut by Lee Westwood, aged 10, from Dartmouth, who suffers from Perthes disease, a rare childhood condition affects the hip.
Swimming has been a real benefit to Lee aiding his recovery – and he said he couldn’t wait to jump in and enjoy the new indoor pool with his friends.
Dartmouth Town Council, South Hams Council and Devon County Council are among the financial backers of the pool project and among those present at the ceremony were the town’s mayor and mayoress Rob and Di Lyon and Devon County Council chairman John Hart.
More on this story in this week’s Dartmouth Chronicle