‘Doing the Pools’

visitors being shown around the Cleveland Pools site.

Vistors being shown around the Cleveland Pools site.

We are not talking here of that old weekly ritual of getting eight football draws in a pools-coupon line but instead paying Bath’s Cleveland Pools a visit during a special Open Day arranged for November 1st.

A display of old photographs.

A display of old photographs.

The idea was – with half-term coming to an end – that it would make an original and low-cost day out for adults and youngsters.

Keith Williams providing the adult supervision as the bonfire gets going.

Keith Williams providing the adult supervision as the bonfire gets going.

This last existing example of an original open-air Georgian lido is still well-remembered by those who swam there in more recent years.

Sadly now the site is derelict but the Cleveland Pools Trust has been formed with the idea of kick-starting it back into existence.

Niamh O'Donoghue (L) showing the youngsters how to make origami boats and water lilies.

Niamh O’Donoghue (L) showing the youngsters how to make origami boats and water lilies.

The Virtual Museum paid a very early visit today (Friday) but found many youngsters already busy making origami boats and water lilies to float in the old fountain.

Keith Williams – someone who does remember swimming in the Pools which lie below Hampton Row in Bathwick and beside the River Avon – was giving instructions on how to light a successful and safe bonfire.

Youngsters floating their origami boats and lilies in the old lido fountain.

Youngsters floating their origami boats and lilies in the old lido fountain.

Having first checked for hedgehogs who may have decided to hibernate underneath.

There were displays of the Pool’s history and lots of photographs of people enjoying its once fresh and sparkling open waters.

Plus a chance to buy a raffle ticket and support the cause.

Jane Harding Wyatt (L) and Trust Chair Ann Dunlop were in charge of raffle tickets and telling visitors more about the history of the Pools.

Jane Harding Wyatt (L) and Trust Chair Ann Dunlop were in charge of raffle tickets and telling visitors more about the history of the Pools.

More information about Cleveland Pools on their website ClevelandPools.org.uk