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Inspired Lido Project Celebrates The Roaring 20s!

Ponty Paddling Pool

Inspired schoolchildren are bringing a touch of the “Roaring 20s” to Pontypridd Lido thanks to a special art and design project.

Students from Cardinal Newman RC Comprehensive and PontypriddHigh School have been working closely with one of Wales’ top aerosol artists to brighten the hoarding erected around the Lido site.

The much loved Lido at YnysangharadWarMemorial Park, which is one of the largest and most historic in the UK, is benefitting from a £6.3million investment programme to create a Wales-wide visitors’ destination.

The Lido was originally opened in 1927 and whilst the extensive refurbishment project is ongoing to not only regenerate the Grade II Listed site but also develop a state-of-the-art outdoor play area, hoarding has enveloped the scheme to protect the public and ensure their safety.

Part of the funding awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Lido has provided workshops for the community to inspire and educate. In an effort to brighten the wooden hoarding throughout the duration of the year-long construction work, children from Years 9 and 10 have got together with local artist Bryce Davies from Peaceful Progress to create designs from the period to brighten up the area.

The children undertook a series of workshops at their school where the learned about the process of producing unique works of art with aerosol on a large-scale canvas.

Now members of the public are taking their time to stop and watch the successful young artist from Cardiff transfer the children’s ideas into large-scale works of art in the centre of the park.

The designs for the hoardings relate to the 1920's to highlight the architectural and cultural heritage of the Lido. The pupils researched the decadent period and found the jazz, fashion, art deco design, films and cartoons of the era were a rich source of reference, along with the history of Pontypridd, its geography and landscape.

Within the workshops the chosen groups also examined relevant works of contemporary art that relate directly to the subject of water, and used these as inspiration for possible themes.

Visitors to the Park will see Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Mouse, the Roaring Twenties fashions and designs appear on the hoarding as the project develops.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport said, “The long-awaited regeneration of Pontypridd’s Lido is an exciting time in the history of the town and we relish the opportunity to provide a state-of-the family complex fit for the 21st century.

“Part of the project allows us the chance to educate and inspire the young people of the community who will enjoy the Lido when it opens to the public. This project, to literally bring colour and light to the Park during the year-long construction period, is a perfect opportunity to inspire them, help them learn more about the history of the period and their town and landscape.

“The young people have produced some excellent examples of art and design relating to the 1920s when the Lido first opened its doors and they are clearly excited by the prospect of having such an outstanding new facility the like of which is unrivalled in Wales.”

The restoration of the Grade II-listed Lido is taking place thanks to £3million from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, £2.3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw.

AberdareOnline would add

It would seem from the photographs the Ponty Park Paddling Pool was built at the same time as the Lido, you have to ask the question why was Ponty Park Paddling Pool not classed as listed just like the Lido? Photographs taken 1932
Why are Rhondda Cynon Taf Council destroying our heritage its vandalism on a grand scale.

The Labour manifesto 2012 clearly says
Pontypridd Lido
If re-elected Labour will work to secure the necessary funding from HLF and WEFO to deliver a new Lido facility. If successful with securing funding we will ensure that the facility becomes a regional tourism attraction. We will also ensure that the existing paddling pool facility is protected.

The RCT Labour Group guarantee to you the voter


Photographs Britain from above


What have RCTC done to the paddling pool? did they keep their word can you trust the Labour Party

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