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Hilsea Lido

Hilsea Lido is the venue for this amazing short film from 1964 - where crowds of kids splash about, swim, slide and jump from high boards while parents look calmly on

Amateur film 1964 1 mins Silent

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This short film about Hilsea Lido shows hundreds of children and adults jostling for space in the crowded outdoor pool. Kids can be seen on the various water slides and a brave few assemble on the top of the highest diving platform before jumping into the pool, while others are swimming about. The Moderne-style lido features viewing terraces where spectators can be seen sitting in the sun.

Hilsea Lido is a fresh-water outdoor swimming pool with a maximum depth of 4.6 metres., making it one of Britain's deepest outdoor pools. Designed by architect Joseph Parkin, it opened for business in July 1935, originally as a sea-water pool though it was later changed to fresh-water. It was designed to accommodate almost a thousand swimmers as well as a thousand spectators. In August 1936 the British Olympic diving team gave a demonstration at Hilsea Lido soon after their return from Berlin. The Lido even appeared in the 1974 feature film 'Tommy'. In 2010 a campaigning residents group purchased the lido, with a 99 year lease from Portsmouth City Council, and in July 2014, the refurbished lido was re-opened.