Former Topsham pool chairmen honoured at season opening

PUBLISHED: 09:59 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 11 April 2018

Unveiling of the new lifeguard chairs at Topsham pool. Ref ext 15 18TI 0981. Picture: Terry Ife

Unveiling of the new lifeguard chairs at Topsham pool. Ref ext 15 18TI 0981. Picture: Terry Ife

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Topsham Outdoor Swimming Pool opened for the new summer season and the event paid tribute to two former chairmen.

Roland Long (son of Colin Long) and Helene Cox (daughter of Graham Ward) at the unveiling of the new lifeguard chairs at Topsham pool. Ref ext 15 18TI 0977. Picture: Terry IfeRoland Long (son of Colin Long) and Helene Cox (daughter of Graham Ward) at the unveiling of the new lifeguard chairs at Topsham pool. Ref ext 15 18TI 0977. Picture: Terry Ife

In the last two years, both Colin Long and Graham Ward have died and the committee in charge of the pool decided to find a way to remember their commitment to the facility over the years.

Current chairman Jane Thomas said: “The committee felt that we needed to commemorate and honour them and all the hard work and sheer determination that they had both put into Topsham swimming pool.”

The current committee members honoured Colin and Graham with a new lifeguard’s chair, as both men had ‘spent many hours lifeguarding’ and keeping swimmers safe.

Family members of Colin and Graham were invited to the unveiling and current president Cyril Harrison said a few words.

Unveiling of the new lifeguard chairs at Topsham pool. Ref ext 15 18TI 0976. Picture: Terry IfeUnveiling of the new lifeguard chairs at Topsham pool. Ref ext 15 18TI 0976. Picture: Terry Ife

Colin’s son, Roland, and Graham’s daughter, Helen, both unveiled the chair and a commemorative plaque.


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