CELEBRATIONS were held to mark the 75th anniversary of Hathersage open-air pool – and the memories came flooding back for Barbara Bradwell.
She was eight when she attended the opening of the lido in Oddfellows Road on July 25, 1936 – and she’s still a season ticket holder today.
Mrs Bradwell, aged 83, was among VIP guests at Sunday’s event at which organisers tried to replicate the itinerary used in 1936, with synchronised swimming, a hand-built boat race for kids and a knobbly knees competition.
Hathersage (Bakewell) Silver Band played rousing tunes from the bandstand which overlooks the water. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, and parish council chairman David Jackson gave speeches.
Lifeguard Lily Phillips, aged 19, said: “I think the pool is more important to Hathersage than ever. You only have to witness all the local children and adults who have learned to swim here.
“We have the ladies in the morning for an hour and lots of regulars. Mrs Bradwell is a season ticketholder and comes regularly, she dives in and does 15 lengths.
“People come from miles away to visit, I think everyone at the celebrations will be wishing it survives for the next 75 years at least.”
The pool is one of the few open-air lidos left in the country and swimmers can take a dip in heated water with spectacular views of the Peak District.
Set up thanks to a donation from Sheffield factory owner and philan-thropist George Lawrence, the pool is run by the parish council and funded by grants, donations and ticket sales.