Tiles sal­vaged from for­mer pool pro­vide unique piece of his­tory.

Artist Kirsten turns tal­ents to paint­ing beau­ti­ful land­scapes on ce­ramic from for­mer pub­lic baths

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Tiles sal­vaged from the old Mon­trose swim­ming pool have been used to cre­ate a re­minder of the pub­lic baths in the fundrais­ing push for its con­ver­sion to a com­mu­nity cin­ema.

As the group be­hind the Mon­trose Play­house cel­e­brates its lat­est fund­ing boost, lo­cal artist Kirsten Ritchie Walker has trans­ferred her tal­ent to the ce­ramic tiles for a col­lec­tors’ run of pieces fea­tur­ing two lo­cal scenes.

Mon­trose beach and Scur­dy­ness, and Mon­trose from Rossie have been cap­tured on the tiles, which are be­ing sold at £75.

Play­house pro­ject chair­man David Pa­ton said: “All tiles will have unique edi­tion num­bers mak­ing them a true lo­cal col­lec­tor’s item.”

The group is now fo­cus­ing on Fe­bru­ary when it will find out whether or not it has been suc­cess­ful in an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s re­gen­er­a­tion cap­i­tal grant fund.

Ear­lier this year it made it through to the sec­ond stage of the process and the de­tailed ap­pli­ca­tion for more than £1.6 mil­lion has re­cently been sub­mit­ted.

If suc­cess­ful, work on the trans­for­ma­tion of the for­mer pool into an arts cen­tre and three-screen dig­i­tal cin­ema com­plex could be­gin in spring, with a view to an un­veil­ing in early 2020.

The fund­ing pot for the am­bi­tious pro­ject also re­cently en­joyed a £4,336 boost from the Co-op’s pol­icy of sup­port­ing com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions across the coun­try.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the cin­ema pro­ject joined those from other re­cip­i­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions at a cheque han­dover at the Co-op in Brechin, which also do­nated cup­cakes for the au­di­ence at the group’s lat­est fundrais­ing film screen­ing of Bo­hemian Rhap­sody at Hillside hall.

The 45-year-old swim­ming pool on The Mall, which was de­clared sur­plus to re­quire­ments by An­gus Coun­cil in 2012 fol­low­ing its re­place­ment by a new fa­cil­ity in the town’s Ma­rine Av­enue sports cen­tre, was bought by the cin­ema pro­ject team for £1 in 2017.

Full plan­ning per­mis­sion was pre­vi­ously granted by the lo­cal au­thor­ity for con­ver­sion of the old pool into a three-screen cin­ema and arts cen­tre, with cafe-bar and multi-pur­pose ar­eas, and park­ing at the rear.

The com­mu­nity has also de­liv­ered hands-on help from the early stages of the scheme to cre­ate the £2 mil­lion-plus at­trac­tion, with hun­dreds of thou­sands saved as lo­cals stripped out the con­tents.

“All tiles will have unique edi­tion num­bers mak­ing them a true lo­cal col­lec­tor’s item

Kirsten Ritchie Walker’s re­cy­cled tiles fea­ture views of Mon­trose beach and Scur­dy­ness, and Mon­trose from Rossie.

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