The Jubilee Pool, Penzance
The Jubilee Pool, pictured below, was opened in 1935 to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Today, it is one of the few remaining 1930s lidos in the entire country. Measuring 100 x 73 metres on its longest axes, the Jubilee Pool is Britain’s largest surviving open air lido. However, the severe storms in February this year caused major structural damage to the pool and it didn’t open for the 2014 season.
Looking at the pool under leaden December skies, it’s clear the lido is in need of some fairly major maintenance all round. The good news is that Penzance Town Council and the Friend’s of Jubilee Pool, jointly bid for £2 million government funding this year and the bid was successful. I’m not sure when work is due to begin but I’m so glad that this wonderful Art Deco pool with its sweeping curves will survive. It was definitely built for hardier souls than me however. It’d have to be an exceptionally warm day for me to venture into a lido like this one.
The pool is 80 next year and this funding ensures it’s going to be a very good year for the Jubilee pool. I hope it’s an equally good new year for you. Happy New Year! :-)