Open day is perfect time to show them your support

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It has taken bags of enthusiasm and plenty of dedication but the hard work that’s gone into revamping Hilsea Lido is starting to pay off.

We take our hats off to the volunteers who took over the running of this much-loved facility because members of the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People group have been working tirelessly to turn it into a success story.

Their passion for restoring the lido was never in doubt – and now they are giving us all the chance to take a look at what they have achieved.

Next weekend’s open day will certainly be a cause for celebration and we urge as many of you as possible to show your support by going along.

It won’t take long but popping your head around the gates might just remind you of a time when the lido was a thriving part of Portsmouth life.

And if you’ve never been before – well now’s the perfect opportunity to take a look.

At times these volunteers must have thought they were swimming against the tide because it hasn’t been an easy or stress-free ride.

Under threat of closure and in a terrible state of disrepair, they’ve had to work hard to think of ways to raise funds and persuade people to support them.

Signing a 99-year lease to run the complex was only the start of things to come but they’ve knuckled down and already enticed a watersports company to get on board.

Money raised from the open day will help make sure that the pool is in a position to open next summer and that’s got to be a good thing for Portsmouth.

Despite the fact that this summer hasn’t been a scorcher, there are many families who would have enjoyed using the lido if it had been open.

The council must continue to work with the volunteers to do everything in its power to make sure that the gates are open in time for summer 2012.

We’re sure the open day will be a great success.

On the back of this group’s get-up-and-go spirit alone, we know they mean business.

Now we must show them – and our lido – plenty of support.

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