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Hilsea Lido, Permission visit 2013

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This isnt an explore as such,but I was invited to have a look round this restoration project.The Lido has quite a history,but briefly,it opened in 1935 and closed in 2008 when Portsmouth Council wanted rid..the new owners are a Trust,dedicated to restoring the Lido.If you want an indepth piece of history,have a look here:

http://klempner69.smugmug.com/OutdoorSwimmingPool/Hilsea-LidoPortsmouth/29369369_KSWV6Q#!i=2506131223

Anyhow,this is just a 5 minute walk round the 67 metre pool really..please dont go trying to get in illegally,the owners are really nice peeps and will let you visit for a small donation to their restoration funds.Info below

http://www.hilsea-lido.org.uk/membership/

The Vid

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Nice wee wander klemps :) It's refreshing to see a place, especially one that's been integtral to the community for so long, being given proper funding and a new lease of life. So many 'gifted' buildings and facilities end up being destroyed. I'd call this a small win :)

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Thanks Scattergun,I am full of admiration for folk who give up so much time to keep a place like this alive..the Blue Lagoon building next door is also on a 99 year lease so is used for functions like weddings etc..any proceeds go toward the restoration funds.If only we had better weather here,then an outdoor pool would thrive much better.

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Thanks Scattergun,I am full of admiration for folk who give up so much time to keep a place like this alive..the Blue Lagoon building next door is also on a 99 year lease so is used for functions like weddings etc..any proceeds go toward the restoration funds.If only we had better weather here,then an outdoor pool would thrive much better.

The weather doesn'y help I know but I admire the time, money and effort thats going into keeping it operational :) They're doing the same in Glasgow (a rarity) with a place called Govanhill Public Baths. Once derelict, forgotten and facing the demo crew, the victorian bath house is now being restored and re opened :D

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