....I first came to Glasgow in 1991 to go to university and I've mostly been here ever since. I remember that in my first few weeks in Glasgow I came across the Western Baths, but I was astonished to find out that it was a private swimming baths! I'd never heard of such a thing and - as a poor student - I was also a bit shocked by the fees! So I swam at Glasgow University pool for many years, and then when I lived on the Southside, I went to the Govanhill Baths, spending hours in the Turkish suite on Sunday mornings during ladies' hours. So finally, I discovered the Arlington when I moved back to the West End. I love the history of the place, the fact that we're swimming and soaking up the heat in a place where thousands of other Glaswegians have done the same over the last 150 years. I love the lineage of the numbers: that another woman had my number before me, and another woman before her. In the History Group we've been discovering some of the stories of the past members; it's so interesting to see who they were and what they did, and to feel that you are swimming in their wake. It's important to me that the baths survive, not just so I can go on swimming here, but so future swimmers can also continue to enjoy, not only our beautiful building, but also the chance to be part of that continuous stream of stories and memories that make a place unique. That’s why I’m sticking with the Arlington!
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