Fundraising ‘Fitathon’ in memory of Stonehaven dad

Alan Bain set up the Friends of the Pool.
Alan Bain set up the Friends of the Pool.

A Stonehaven man, who left a lasting legacy that has benefitted the town for decades, is set to be remembered later this month at a charity event.

Alan Bain, who in 1995 set up, and became chairman of the Friends of the Pool volunteer group - which to this day continues to keep the much-loved attraction open - sadly died 15 years ago this year.

To mark the anniversary, and as a tribute to their dad, his daughters Fiona Urquhart and Lorna Bain have organised a charity Fitathon at Stonehaven Leisure Centre for Sunday, September 29, from 2-4pm.

There will be two hours of fitness classes, although entrants can take part in as much or as little as they want, and there will be a £10 entry fee.

All proceeds will be split between the British Heart Foundation and the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool.

Lorna said: “My sister and I wanted to do something for charity in memory of our dad as this year marks 15 years since he died.

‘‘The outdoor pool was threatened with closure in 1994 owing to a fall in numbers over previous years, and it was getting too expensive to fund.

‘‘ My dad was not willing to accept this. He had been a lifeguard there as a teenager and for many years our whole family would descend upon the pool every summer with my sister and I going almost every day of the school holidays.

‘‘Dad rallied a small group of people and, by 1995, had set up the Friends group, of which he became chairman.”

On May 9, a few short weeks before the 1998 season, Alan suffered a massive heart attack and died at home.

The following year the Friends dedicated the pool bandstand to his memory and had a plaque erected.