Pool material appeal

Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool may well be included in filming for the next series of “Grand Tours of Scotland”, programmes which proved so popular with the viewing public in 2010.

“We are keen to include an item on the old open air pools which were so much part of the Scottish holiday scene from the 1930s until the 1970s or 80s,” said Kathryn Ross, series producer for Timeline films, which produces the series.

“As Stonehaven is one of only two such pools to survive in Scotland, and is particularly attractive, we would love to feature it, ideally with both archive material and also in interviews with some of the people who remember the pool in its heyday and who still swim there today.”

The Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool have been working closely with Kathryn to identify likely candidates for on-camera swimming and interviews, and are also supplying the archive material collected 2-3 years ago to celebrate the Pool’s 75th anniversary in 2009.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Pool is likely to feature in one of these interesting programmes,” said Mike Robins, Chair of the Friends.

“We are hoping that people in and around Stonehaven who have material from the 1930s up to the 1970s will get in touch and allow Timeline to use what they have. So far we have photos and memorabilia such as the original programme from the opening ceremony, but we do not know of any movie footage, which would obviously be invaluable to let people see moving images of the Pool in its heyday.”

Anyone who thinks they may have something suitable for use should contact Kathryn Ross at Timeline Films, 16 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow, tel 0141 255 0322, email kathrynross@timelinefilms.co.uk .