Take a swim back in time at the Commonwealth Pool

Children enjoy free entry at the Commonwealth Pool to celebrate the Queen's silver wedding. Picture: TSPL

Children enjoy free entry at the Commonwealth Pool to celebrate the Queen's silver wedding. Picture: TSPL

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ADORING sports fans watched with great excitement as medal winners took to the podium at the 
 Royal Commonwealth Pool this summer for the Glasgow 2014 Games.

It was Edinburgh’s turn to shine at the Commonwealth event and the distinctive, round, wooden stage had many moments in the limelight.

This week the Evening News revealed the podium was to make a return to the Edinburgh attraction, acting as a permanent memento of the summer of sport in Scotland – as well as an inspiration for young divers who regularly train at the pool.

It is likely these swimmers pictured back in November 1972 would have been intrigued by such a feature, clearly eager to make the most of the pool on a day which saw them enter for free to celebrate the Queen’s silver wedding anniversary. As seen here, youngsters packed themselves into the water, waving and smiling for the photographer who caught the moment on camera.

The scene offers a stark comparison to this additional photograph taken some years earlier in 1968 when the leisure facility was under construction for the 1970 Commonwealth Games. Not a swimmer or diver in sight, few would recognise the Commie Pool as it is today.

But happy memories of the popular hang-out will undoubtedly be generated for the hundreds of people pictured queuing to enter the facility on the first Sunday it was open to the public, back in February 1970. Few seem deterred by the lashing rain as they huddle in warm coats and under umbrellas for their first look at the much-talked about centre.