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Lidos and Paddling Pools in the Good Old Days

Lidos and paddling pools in the good old days.

In our beloved good old days, summers were long, hot, sunny and joyful. We can remember long days spent at lidos and paddling pools in the town centres, ice creams in hand, suncream on our noses, toes dipped in the cold and fresh water. Those were the simple summer pleasures. These days, we’re glad to get a day or two of sun in the summer time. Sometimes, with frost on our toes and icicles rather than ice cream dripping from our noses, we can’t even tell what season it is! Surely it’s wrong to have the heating on full blast the middle of July?

However, today, for once, we have sunshine! The sky is blue, the grass is green and the sun is shining down. And it’s hot! We know it won’t last long but we’re trying to enjoy it while we can. We have our sun hats on, our sunglasses at the ready and smiles imprinted onto our faces. It would be great to have a big splashy pool to jump into…

 Lidos and paddling pools, summers and splashing, ice cream and sun cream. We’ve found various lidos and paddling pool photographs from our books, for you to dip your feet into. Jump in with a splash and enjoy!

Lido and paddling pool photographs

Lido in Bradford - From our Nostalgic Memories of Bradford book.
Lido in Bradford – From our Nostalgic Memories of Bradford book.

 

Bury’s Clarence Lido in the late 60s, from our Nostalgic Bury book.
Overstone Solarium Lido on the outskirts of Northampton. From our Memories of Northampton book.
Overstone Solarium Lido on the outskirts of Northampton. From our Memories of Northampton book.
Southampton Lido
Southampton paddling pool, taken around 1965 from Memories of Southampton
Lidos and paddling pools
Grotton Lido in Oldham. We can hear the shrieks and splashes from here. Photograph can be found in More Memories of Oldham.
Montem Open Air Swimming Pool, Slough, in the 1930s. See more Slough photographs in our Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor Memories book.
Children pose for the photograph at Montem Open Air Swimming Pool, Slough, in the 1930s. See more Slough photographs in our Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor Memories book.
Southlands Road Lido, Bromley, 1963. This fantastic photograph is taken from our Memories of Bromley book.
Southlands Road Lido, Bromley, 1963. This fantastic photograph is taken from our Memories of Bromley book.

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