VOLUNTEERS are preparing Hilsea Lido for a grand exhibition.
Much progress has been made on the project since the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People took it over and trust members have organised a fun weekend to showcase their work.
The old changing rooms have been transformed into a watersports centre, 30-year-old weeds which had grown into the drains have been cleared, the toilets completely revamped, and much more.
To celebrate, members are hosting the event to give the public a chance to see the results.
The group’s chairwoman, Sabrina Richards, 62, of Helena Road, Southsea, said: ‘We get a lot of comments from people saying that they don’t know what is going on in the lido – this is a chance for them to come inside and find out.
‘The difference since we took it over is enormous and we want to raise awareness of that and show people how much we have achieved.’
An exhibition filled with before and after photographs will be on display, highlighting the progress of the project, along side pictures and memorabilia from when the lido was in use.
One of the charity’s trustees Desmond Callow, 62, also of Helena Road, Southsea, said: ‘The transformation is fantastic and we want people to see that it’s going to happen now.
‘But we still have so much more to do and need more financial support to get things moving faster.’
Donations and small charges will be encouraged at the event for some for the activities, which include everything from welly-throwing and fortune tellers to live bands and games. All funds raised will go towards the organisation’s push to have the pool open for public use by next summer.
Hilsea Lido Pool for the People took over the running of the lido from Portsmouth City Council in 2008 via a licence and by June 2010 it signed a 99-year lease and began redevelopment. It’s main ambition is to restore the diving boards to the lido and a recent session with City of Portsmouth Boys’ School proved the popularity of this idea with the public.
The event is on from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday September 10 and 11. Entry is free.