Lido opened

David  Yates, right, outside 23, Garnier Street, Fratton. The original  front room of the  house is where he is  standing.

Spirit of the Portsmouth blitz: bacon and eggs served on a newspaper

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On this day in 1935 Portsmouth’s open air swimming pool, Hilsea Lido, was opened by lord mayor Frank Privett.

The pool took nine months to build and boasted a 10m-high diving tower, the only one in Hampshire.

The lido complex included a cafe with dance floor, a paddling pool, facilities for sunbathing, changing rooms for 768 adults and 189 children and room for 1,000 spectators.

Floodlighting was installed for night bathing and a public address system enabling ‘gramophone recordings to be radiated’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.

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