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From wheels to water as Stagecoach backs Scunthorpe Swimming Gala in honour of Remembrance Day

16 Nov 2018

Scunthorpe Gala

Bus company Stagecoach East Midlands swapped wheels for water by partnering with Scunthorpe Anchor Swimming Club.


The firm sponsored the ‘Top Visiting Club Trophy’ award for the club’s annual Remembrance Day ‘Open Meet’ Gala.


The event, which took place at The Pods Leisure Complex in Scunthorpe on Sunday November 11, saw over 250 swimmers aged between 9 to 17, as well as friends and family, from swimming clubs across Lincolnshire attend.


This year, the commemoration of Remembrance Day was particularly poignant as it marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice. The gala honoured the day with a two-minute silence at 11am and 2pm, to allow both the morning and afternoon swimmers and supporters to pay tribute to those who fought in the Great War and subsequent conflicts. Flags featuring the red poppy were also displayed inside the centre to honour the occasion, along with specially designed medals which also featured the Remembrance Day icon.


Scunthorpe Anchor Swimming Club made a donation to the Help for Heroes charity this year, who provide lifetime support for the Armed Forces Community and their families.


The winners of the Stagecoach East Midland’s sponsored ‘Top Visiting Club Trophy’ was the Cleethorpes & District Swimming Club (CADS) and Steve Vaughan, head coach of the Scunthorpe Anchor Swimming Club, presented the team with their award.


Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach, said: “We are so pleased to have been involved with this special Remembrance Day gala and honour those who have sacrificed their lives during wars and conflict. These events are a chance for people to come together and celebrate their shared passion for swimming while showcasing their talents. It is thanks to the great servicemen and women before us that we can enjoy opportunities such as these, and we should pay thanks to them.”


Craig Kirkwood, the Chairman of Scunthorpe Anchor Swimming Club, said: “We would like to express our thanks to all the sponsors who supported our special day, with special gratitude to Stagecoach for their generous contribution and sponsorship of the Top Visiting Club Trophy.”