Sparkling blue water of Hilsea Lido at its best

201211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed camp it up at Hilsea Lido which doubled as Bernie's Holiday Camp during the 1974 filming of Tommy
201211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed camp it up at Hilsea Lido which doubled as Bernie's Holiday Camp during the 1974 filming of Tommy
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How about these pictures to warm the cockles on a short, dreary December day?

Yes, these sun-kissed photographs were taken in Portsmouth and serve as another tribute to the late Ken Russell.

201211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Up on the roof...dancing on the Blue Lagoon in a scene from Tommy shot at Hilsea Lido in 1974

201211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Up on the roof...dancing on the Blue Lagoon in a scene from Tommy shot at Hilsea Lido in 1974

They were shot at Hilsea Lido in the summer of 1974 during the filming of Russell’s interpretation of The Who’s rock opera Tommy and feature Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret.

They were sent by historian and save-the-lido campaigner Jane Smith who got them from the Robert Stigwood Organisation.

Jane, of Grove Road South, Southsea, said: ‘The main pool at Hilsea Lido served as the setting for Bernie’s Holiday Camp.

‘And here you can see it at its best with wonderful blue sparkling water, newly-painted white architecture and the sun shining. These nostalgic pictures show Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret plus many extras.’

Jane added: ‘The film is a very important part of the Lido’s history because the main pool is shown in 1974, three years after the diving boards were demolished and just before the cascades were taken out of use.

‘Here we see them in full flow for the last time. It is also the only time that we can see people on the roof of The Blue lagoon.’

These photographs can be seen in ‘Hilsea Lido 75 – a 75th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet, plus a photograph of Ken Russell outside the New Theatre Royal in May 2010, which is still available in Portsmouth City Museum and at Hiscock’s Gallery, 11, Stanley Street, Southsea, at £4.50.