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BATHING BUTEY; 1930s Clyde swimming station set to be sold.

Byline: Jane Barrie

At one time, it looked more Cote d'Azur than the Clyde Coast.

Now the near-derelict former bathing station at Rothesay is being sold.

The art deco property, built in 1933, had an enclosed open water swimming area with state of the art changing rooms and floodlighting.

In its heyday, it was used by thousands of people holidaying on Bute.

It featured on postcards and in at least two black and white films but fell into disrepair and is on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland.

Owner Ron MacDonald had planned to build a hotel on the site, at West Bay, but the funding fell through, as did plans for luxury housing and a residential/ commercial development.

Ron now has a buyer who is keen to redevelop the site.

Ron, 68, said: "It's time for me to move it on. This is an exciting development which will hopefully give Rothesay a boost." He has owned the bathing station since 1994. It sits on roughly an acre with the small art deco-style rotunda at the shore front leading to changing rooms and steps into the water.

The bathing station closed and fell into disrepair after new covered baths opened at the other side of Rothesay Bay in 1938.

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THEN AND NOW The shut bathing station, left, and in its heyday, above

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 24, 2016
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