Call goes out to resurrect popular Splash

Back L-R Andy Reid, Clive Jollands, Lindsay Bedford, Stewart Maxwell, Alastair Caird'Front L-R John McKay, Vicky Taylor, Iain Gaul (Leader of Angus Council) Stewart Halliday
Back L-R Andy Reid, Clive Jollands, Lindsay Bedford, Stewart Maxwell, Alastair Caird'Front L-R John McKay, Vicky Taylor, Iain Gaul (Leader of Angus Council) Stewart Halliday

Plans are under way to kick start a long standing Kirriemuir institution with a public meeting in the town tomorrow (Thursday).

The annual ‘Splash’ swimathon event has been running for 25 years, and in that time has seen generations of local swimmers raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

The event had to be cancelled this year due to several long time committee members standing down at the same time.

However, a public meeting has been called for Thursday (December 3) to try to form a new committee to secure the future of the event for coming years.

Over the history of Splash thousands of swimmers have raised over £200,000 for good causes all over the world. The event has always been very well supported, with local businesses sponsoring lanes and with the money being used to support local, national and international charities including Erskine Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland Angus and Special Olympics.

It is also an important community event, with swimmers from local schools, swimming clubs and other organisations all taking part in the good natured competition.

Graham Galloway, chairman of community group DD8 Music, has urged anyone interested to attend the meeting: “It would be a tragedy if such a long-standing and well-loved community event was to fold permanently, so the call is out for any local people who feel they might have the time or experience to help form a new committee.”

The Splash non-stop relay event has been held in the Webster’s Sports Centre and was organised by a committee of eight volunteers representing Kirriemuir St Andrews, St Anthonys, St Marys and Glens and Old Parish Churches. It was loyally supported by more than 30 commercial sponsors and Kirriemuir Rotary.

The meeting takes place at 7pm in the new “Kirrie Connections” community hub (the old council Access office off the Square).