Outdoor pool opens for Summer season

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It was more like Miami than the Mearns on Saturday when Stonehaven’s famous Outdoor Swimming Pool was officially opened for the 2012 season.

A huge queue had built up by 11am when Stonehaven Paralympian Murray Dingwall declared the pool open. They were eager to get into the water and cool off a little in the sizzling temperatures.

Newtonhill Pipe Band entertained both before and after the opening ceremony, with pool mascot Splasher the Dolphin playing the part of Drum Major to the delight of children and adults.

Invited guests, including Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn, Sir Robert Smith MP, MSPs Nigel Don and Alex Johnstone and local councillors, enjoyed a buffet.

The glorious weather made it a tremendously encouraging opening weekend for the pool. On Saturday, an estimated 1,000 people went through the gates, of whom 875 were paying customers. This was followed by 941 paying customers on Sunday.

It is hoped that the weather will continue to be good and that the pool will continue to be well used throughout its season.

Saturday’s successful opening was a reward for months of hard work on the part of the Friends of the Outdoor Pool, who have worked hard as always to get the pool ready for the new season.

The pool has a programme of activities for Jubilee Day next Tuesday (June 5).

The pool will be open all day, from 10am - 7.30pm as this is a school/public holiday.

Stephen Jackson’s Disco will feature between 11am and 4pm, with other music and fun interspersed during the day. At 11.30am The Mackie Academy Ceilidh Band will entertain.

At 1pm The Ury Players will perform excerpts from their upcoming show Allo Allo then between 2.00 and 4.00 pm there will be Fun and Games with the Lifeguards, including competitions, games and prizes.