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Bubbles the Dolphin finds new home at Beach Leisure Centre thanks to kind donor


Phil and Shona Hunter bid successfully on behalf of the late Alexander Wadsworth for Bubbles the Dolphin at the Wild Dolphins charity auction held in 2014.

Bubbles was painted by artist Fiona Chance, who painted bubbles on the dolphin which include famous faces, places, landmarks all associated with Aberdeen City and Shire.

The couple and Phil’s mother Anne have donated Bubbles to the popular Sport Aberdeen venue in memory of Anne Hunter’s late uncle Alexander Wadsworth. Mr Wadsworth worked at Bon Accord Baths for a number of years as a pool attendant.

Phil Hunter was joined by his daughter Olivia Hunter, Sport Aberdeen chairman Fred Dalgarno and pupils from local Hanover Street Primary School to officially unveil Bubbles and welcome him to its new home.

Fiona Chance kindly refreshed the artwork as part of the move. Bubbles will include an additional plaque, the text of both are set out below.

Commenting, Sport Aberdeen Chairman Fred Dalgarno said:

“I know that the many children visiting the Beach Leisure Centre from across Aberdeen City and Shire will be simply delighted with its new resident. We are very grateful to Phil, Shona and Anne Hunter for their kind donation, in memory of their late uncle Alexander Wadsworth.

“Sport Aberdeen is committed to inspiring more young people to take up swimming, and I’m sure meeting Bubbles will be a memory young people cherish in years to come.

“We would like to also thank artist Fiona Chance for her careful work in refreshing the dolphin.”