Inverness babies and toddlers Turtle Tots swimming business to close for good
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A popular group that encouraged parents with babies and toddlers into the water has made a "heart-breaking" decision to close.
Turtle Tots Highlands and Islands and Morayshire broke the news to its customers in a Facebook post, saying the consequences of Inverness-based gym and swimming pool DW Sports going into administration was the "final nail in the coffin" for the group.
Turtle Tots used the gym to deliver its classes aimed at getting babies and toddlers confident in the water.
Owner Laura Eaglesham said: "It is absolutely heartbreaking news that as of Sunday, August 2 I had to make the decision to close our swimming doors forever."
Single mum-of-four Ms Eaglesham said the closure of the business meant the loss of four jobs.
She continued: "With the harrowing news of DW going into administration it was the final nail in the coffin, if you like, for the business.
"Since my announcement of having to close on March 17 of this year as we entered the movement of this pandemic, I have tried desperately to keep the business alive. However, with the sheer uncertainty it's caused for myself as a parent it has left me with no option but to make this decision.
"It has been a very emotional time and one that I feel great sadness and anger and quite frankly many emotions that I cannot process, as I have to say goodbye to my amazing customer base for now and, of course, my staff.
"I cannot thank you all for the support and kindness you have given to not only me but all of my staff in the five years I have run this business."
She continued: "We are all about to lose a passion we all love. Watching your children grow from babies, being part of their development, is quite simply a gift that you make us part of, which will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
"I would like to thank you all so much once again and extend your thoughts to my amazing team that delivered your swimming lessons and please take these memories to cherish forever."
Ms Eaglesham has not ruled out the classes starting again in the future, but at present she is unable to continue trading.