New Broch swimming pool officially opens its doors

Councillors, council officials and representatives from FISSH and other community groups came to the official opening of the Fraserburgh Swimming Pool.

Councillors, council officials and representatives from FISSH and other community groups came to the official opening of the Fraserburgh Swimming Pool.

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A host of invited guests came along to the official opening of Fraserburgh’s new swimming pool, six months after the facility opened to the public.

Councillors, council officials and officers, local businesspeople and representatives from FISSH and other community groups attended the special occasion.

Welcoming the visitors into the building for the grand opening were a number of performers and stilt-walkers from Theatre MODO.

The honour of opening of opening the new facility went to Mintlaw woman Kim Little and the Provost of Aberdeenshire, Jill Webster.

During the opening ceremony, the Provost thanked Fraserburgh councillors, the Banff and Buchan Area Committee and the community for their hard work in bringing the project to fruition, and thanked the staff for their ongoing commitment.

The Provost was joined by Kim Little and Director of Education, Learning and Leisure Maria Walker and chair of the Council’s Education Committee Isobel Davidson who described the swimming pool as a “flagship facility”.

The visitors to the opening event were treated to a performance by the Fraserburgh Academy vocal choir, who opened their set with Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Councillor Brian Topping. Cllr Topping presented flowers to Kim Little and also to FISSH chairperson Doreen Mair.

Many of those attending the event went on a tour around the community facility.

Also taking part in the fun were pupils from St Andrews School and Lochpots School. The young visitors had a go of a climbing wall and zorb balls, both of which were held on the outside space near the facility.

Commenting, Provost Jill Webster said: “I’m very excited to be here in Fraserburgh opening this facility with Kim.

“Because the whole community can come here it’s a great starting point for residents to take part in sporting activities which will lead to healthier lives and greater enjoyment.

“This is a facility of which we are very proud and this sets the bench mark for community and sports facilities for the future.

“We’re hoping to attract more events such as the One Year To Go Commonwealth Legacy Youth Games which was held at the facility last weekend.”

Special guest Kim Little, who helped to open the facility, added: “It’s nice to be invited back to the area where I grew up and to see how it’s developed.

“I used to go to the swimming pool in Peterhead but I think it’s great to have this facility here in Fraserburgh.

“I think it’s easier for children and adults to access sport, thanks to this facility, in one place.”