�7,000 boost for Axminster swimmers

Festival cash helps keep pool afloat

FLAMINGO Pool officials at Axminster are in the pink after receiving a cheque for �7,000.

The money was raised at this year’s Axe Valley Festival and is in addition to �3,000 donated to them earlier in the year.

The giant cheque was presented by festival chairman Ron Cross to pool manager Steve Buxton.

The late Dave Swarbrick, who helped plan and construct the Flamingo Pool, realised from the start that it would probably need additional funding to stay afloat - particularly in its early years.

To raise the money, he started the Axe Vale Festival of Gardening and Crafts – now the Axe Vale Festival – which has continued to support the pool ever since.

Next year’s Festival is on June 25 and 26.