Lido opened

Some years before the First World War and everybody is in their Sunday best waiting for ferries on Clarence Pier, Southsea.

Remember when we all dressed in our Sunday best for a day out?

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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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