For over 50 years the people of Dartmouth had campaigned and raised funds for an indoor swimming pool. At each step, something interfered with progress. However, in 2008 it began to look like building a pool might finally be achievable.
On 20th August 2015, Sir Geoffrey Newman, George Hardy, David Shaw and Ray Bridges signed a contract for the construction of Dartmouth & District’s Indoor Pool. The signing marked the culmination of seven years of hard work by the Dartmouth and District Indoor Pool Trust.
After that, a local resident generously donated a five figure sum to improve the specification of the pool. The construction started , and was heralded by a ‘cutting of the turf’ ceremony at the site on 6th September 2015.
The pool was completed in September 2016, on time and on-budget, mainly due to the sterling work of trustee, George Hardy. At long last, after years of waiting, the pool was opened officially on December 3rd 2016 by swimming legend, Duncan Goodhew.