Dorrigo pool boys recognised

KEVIN Taylor, Alan Menzies, Ron Campbell and Jack Burbidge took to the road in 1973 to raise funds for a pool at Dorrigo.

“The old timers didn’t want it, they reckoned the creeks were good enough, so I came up with the idea of a walkathon from Sydney to Dorrigo to get people behind the pool,” Mr Taylor said.

“I reckoned I could raise a fair bit of dough if I was sponsored for the 400 miles – then the others came on board, too.”

Last Saturday the four men were recognised for their efforts with the unveiling of a plaque in their honour at the Dorrigo Swim Centre.

The $4000 the group raised was only “a drop in the ocean of what it cost”, but the walk certainly got the idea in people’s minds.

Mr Taylor said it was quite something to be honoured so many years after the event.

“They made us feel like real stars,” he said.

“But the important thing is the pool – now it’s built and all our grandkids go there.”

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