The Swimming Pool was built in 1983 on the site of the old Tweedside Mill which was destroyed by fire in 1963. It is said that the smoke and flames could be seen at Leadburn.
Little known anecdotes about the Swimming Pool
"I remember the massive panic when it was discovered that the pool was six inches short. The engineers where flapping we thought we would have to knock it down and start again. The solution to the problem was to cut the concrete back six inches and form a ledge at the deep end So next time you take a breather on the ledge at the deep end remember it's only there by accident" Bryan Brockie
"At 17 I was the youngest on the staff and my first job, before the swimming pool was open to the public, was to go into the pool with scuba diving gear on and get all the builders rubbish out. There was no chlorine. I was just swimming about in dirty brown water." Denise Newell
"Near the end of the job we were laying the insulation in the roof, we came to a service shaft, we both looked at each other, said ***** and covered it over with the insulation. Later at pub time Willie P (Willie Pretswell) couldn't find Meg the dog. That was one clever dog, unknown to us she had climbed the ladder to get into the roof void where we were laying the insulation fell down the shaft Willie could here her barking through the tiled wall and wanted to get the sledge hammer. We had to cut a ladder to get her out.... the ladder is still there yet." Colin Veitch
Old photos reproduced by kind permission of Colin Veitch. Photo of swimming pool Evelyn at Peebles for Pleasure. Photos of the building of the swimming pool by Bryan Brockie.
Swimming Pool staff photo supplied by Densie Newell showing :-
Back Row : Rhona Musgrave, the late Howard Sweeny, Isobel Robertson, Denise Newell, Gordon Brown
Front row: Grace Kelly, manager John Wishart, Lynne Bertram and Julia Eaton