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Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool to open this weekend for 2019 season

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A popular outdoor swimming pool is opening this weekend and celebrating 100 years of providing family fun.

The Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool on Abbey Lawns will be opening tomorrow at 10.30 am and is one of the largest surviving open air lidos left in the UK.

Mandy Delaine-Smith, chairman of the Bourne Outdoor Pool group, said: “It’s all about our group of fantastic and loyal volunteers who give up so much of their time to keep it going.

Bourne Outdoor Pool which was busy during the heatwave (10752358)
Bourne Outdoor Pool which was busy during the heatwave (10752358)

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without them.

“We’ve got three young lads who come from the Bourne Academy and they have been brilliant.

“There’s also a family who come down and help, along with a lady in her 80s and a couple of chaps.

“They’re a great group and we also get good support from the people of Bourne.

“We not exactly sure if it is its centenary year.

“We do know it was converted into a swimming pool after the Great War in 1919.

“The pool has lasted for so long because of the support of the people from the town and also because it’s in such an amazing location.

“Everybody should be able to swim and this pool gives them that opportunity.

“We’re just so lucky to have it really.”

The lido, which is just two metres shorter than a 50-metre Olympic pool, was converted to a swimming pool by keen swimmers.

The Monks Fishpond that dated back to 1138, was previously where the pool now stands.

In 1990, Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust leased the pool from Bourne United Charities and took over its running.

The lifeguards are professional but volunteers do the rest.

To celebrate its re-opening, everyone who purchases a general admission ticket on Saturday will be entered into a draw with a free adult or child season ticket as the prize.

The pool will be open until September and general admission is £4.80 for adults, £3 for a child in education and £1 for a child under three.

It is open from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday and from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm on weekends and bank holidays.

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