Nostalgia: We’re always happy to make a splash

A diver opens Port Seton pool in 1932 in spectacular fashion
A diver opens Port Seton pool in 1932 in spectacular fashion
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ALL eyes were on this diver in 1932 as he made a giant leap from the top board into the icy water below.

That was in 1932 at the opening of the outdoor Port Seton Swimming Pool, when hundreds of people gathered to marvel at the new attraction – as well as at the abilities of the town’s best swimmers.

Buoyant spirits at Leith Waterworld when it opened its doors, and flumes, in 1992

Buoyant spirits at Leith Waterworld when it opened its doors, and flumes, in 1992

However, there was less excitement this week surrounding swimming as the controversial closure of Leith’s Waterworld began to sink in for the campaigners who had fought to keep it open.

Adamant that the city council made the wrong decision by deciding to shut the leisure pool to save money, they announced they were to tour other pools across the city to inspect their facilities. Calling themselves the Homeless Itinerant Bathing Society (Edinburgh), their intention is to try to prove there is a need to have Waterworld reopened.

As these pictures show, there were happy times in the city’s swimming scene, especially back in May 1992 when Waterworld officially opened.

Children rushed in their hundreds to the attraction that month, desperate to try its flumes and wave machine.

Swimming lessons in progress at Portobello Swimming Pool in 1986

Swimming lessons in progress at Portobello Swimming Pool in 1986

There were many smiles also back in the 1960s when these youngsters posed for a picture in Portobello’s outdoor pool, which was renowned for its wave machine and heated water courtesy of the next-door power station.

And many a carefree summer was spent back then at the popular coastal attraction.

Children paddling in Portobello Pool, sometime in the 1960s - no more information.

Children paddling in Portobello Pool, sometime in the 1960s - no more information.