Shutter snaps as shutters go up at pool

Nick Tomlinson is pictured in Montrose pool'Chris Simpson Photography
Nick Tomlinson is pictured in Montrose pool'Chris Simpson Photography

THERE was an unusual swansong for Montrose’s old swimming pool last week when the building hosted its last event.

Now closed to the public in preparation for the opening of the town’s new sports complex at the weekend, the pool became the venue for a photoshoot by local photographer Chris Simpson.

Chris, who uses numerous locations in and around Montrose for his work, thought the empty pool would be an unusual setting for a session and put out a general invitation on Facebook asking for models to get in touch.

He said: “Nine people came down on the evening, some friends but one or two others who just wanted to see the pool before it finally closed.

“I heard that the pool had been drained and just took the opportunity to do it. I thought it would be cool to actually get down into it where the water used to be and it’s not something that comes up often. It’ll be boarded up soon and we won’t be able to get back into it.

“I got in touch with Angus Council and they were more than happy to let me do it and are apparently looking forward to seeing the results.”

Chris added that the volunteer models will all be presented with a set of photos from the free shoot as a memento.

He said: “It was a fun project and just a bit of fun for people to have a last chance to see inside the building, and inside the pool, before it finally closes.”