Lidos & outdoor swimming baths make you shiver

Outdoor bathing at Ainsdale from a display at Ainsdale Discovery Centre.

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

This article will bring back memories for many a Merseysider and indeed visitors to the once popular lidos around the coast of what are now Sefton and Wirral Boroughs. My dear old friend Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker, sadly no longer with us, would often talk of his exploits around New Brighton Baths in the late 1940’s.

My own recollection of outdoor an swimming pool and how cold they were is from Prestatyn Holiday Camp in the late 1960’s.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

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Sefton – The troubled Borough – Southport being invited to leave?

In some ways it would be no surprise to hear that Southport’s councillors want Southport to leave Sefton. The former County Borough of Southport has, of course, always been unhappy about being dumped into one of the many odd creations of the Tories 1974 local government reorganisation.

But to give the Borough’s Sefton Councillors from Southport their due they have always tried to make Sefton work as well as it can for their seaside town despite them being opposed to its creation. However, things seem to have moved on and in a far from positive way as the article below shows from a recent edition of Southport News:-


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Whilst at face value being invited to leave the Borough is what most Sandgrounders would want to see the fact is that Southport is stuck with being in Sefton for the foreseeable future so it needs assurance and confidence that the Town will be getting its fair share of the Borough’s resources and that the Council’s Bootle based Leaders are actually taking notice of Southport’s needs. Can Southport’s councillors have such confidence based on the reaction of Labour’s Bootle Bucks to a simple plea for access to Ainsdale Beach to be maintained in the winter months?