THE history of the old Pond Hall – and Dr Black’s Clock which sat on top of it – is being remembered in an exhibition at Port Seton Library, with organisers seeking individual memories to add to the collection.
The history of the Cockenzie and Port Seton pool and its famous clock is captured in photographs, plans and people’s own ‘Memories of the Pond’.
Pond Hall was built by the community in 1932 in just 16 weeks.
At its opening, the attendance was said to be nearly double the population of the community it served.
The exhibition covers the period from the construction of ‘The Pond’, as it was known locally, in 1932 to the demolition of the buildings in 1995.
One local lass recounts her childhood memories as “getting a wee bit older, my paper round for Gilchrist’s on my trusty Raleigh bike meant I could save up for my season ticket for the Pond... it was like the countdown to rocket launch waiting for the Pond opening day”.
Anyone with photographs or memories that could be added to the display can drop copies into the library or email them to organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition is on display during normal library opening times.
Meanwhile, Dr Black’s Clock, which has been sitting at Hart Builders’ site in Macmerry for a number of years, has been moved into the former St Joseph’s School building, near Tranent, which is in the ownership of East Lothian Council.
Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council said the local authority had agreed to house the large clock and a report on its condition was being prepared and would be given to the relevant heads of services within the local authority.
East Lothian Council said a meeting about the clock was held in Port Seton Centre on Tuesday last week, where it was agreed a sub-group of the community council would be set up to oversee its future.
A spokesperson said: “A sub-group of individuals from the community council has been formed to seek the views of the local community on the Pond Hall area of Port Seton and the future of the clock.
“A display has been created in Port Seton Library which details some of the history of this area and a comments book is available for local residents to make suggestions regarding the future of the clock.”