French maids to serve food to boost pool

Happy childhood memories made at Topsham Swimming Pool have driven Jane Thomas to safeguard its future for generations to come.

Jane, 40, of Countess Wear, swam at the pool as a child and is now raising funds so youngsters can continue to enjoy a dip, now and in the future.

Jane is helping host a French pavement café on Saturday, August 6, from 10am to noon at the pool.

She said: “This place has played a huge part in my childhood and I want it to be here for my children.”

Regardless of the weather, coffee and croissant are to be served by caterers dressed as French maids. Refreshments will also be offered to people and shop owners in the High Street.

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Jane hopes that the event will help the pool move towards its £100,000 target needed for refurbishments.

She said: “I call for people to come out every single day to enjoy what we have here.

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“The community has got behind us, now we just need the people to help clear the croissants. It is certainly a case of the more the merrier”

The swimming pool opened in 1979, and is in need of a new roof with solar panels, a boiler, skimmer pipes and changing room improvements.

All the work is expected to cost £100,000 - £30,000 has been raised so far.

Dot Whittingham, 75 of Station Road, Topsham, helped raise the money to open the pool 37 years ago.

She has asked for the community to come out and donate money on the day.

She said: “Please, please come and support us. We need all the help we can get.”

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