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Share Your Treasured Memories Of Pontypridd Lido

Pontypridd Paddling Pool

The Labour manifesto 2012 clearly says

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

WE WILL ALSO ENSURE THAT THE EXISTING PADDLING POOL FACILITY IS PROTECTED.

Photo on the link below shows how much Rhondda Cynon Taf Labour controlled council keeps its guarantee to the people of RCT

http://i1.pontylibdems.org.uk/en/image/5rvrwk/392/263/paddling-pool-demo...

RCTC press release below

Since the first swimmer dived into the Pontypridd Lido almost 90 years ago, hundreds of images have been taken of this famous landmark.

As work is underway to transform one of the largest lidos in the UK, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is launching a project to gather as many images and memorabilia about the historic site.

We want you to help build the most comprehensive archive of photographs and items that tell the complete history of the jewel in the crown of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

Built in 1927 in an arts and crafts style, the Lido has a distinctive Mediterranean influence and, with its swimming pool, bathing gallery and timber changing rooms, the lido complex is very large, accommodating up to 1,000 people in its heyday.

During the post-war years the lido remained a popular attraction for the local community. It was the location of prize-winning swimming clubs, galas and sporting events while also becoming the training ground of Pontypridd’s most famous swimmer, Jenny James.

Throughout the long-summer months hundreds of people, including Pontypridd’s Sir Tom Jones, used the Lido to swim, sunbathe and relax the time away.

The question is whether you were there – and what photographs have you got of the period? Or are any of the people in the old photograph gallery section of the Ponty Lido website relatives of yours, and do you have a story to tell about the lido’s history?

As part of the £6.3million investment in the historic Grade II Listed building, we want the public to help tell the complete story of the Lido.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s project team is hoping to build an archive to use in a dedicated exhibition space in the new Lido area. This will help tell the story of the Lido so younger generations can learn more about it while older people can reminisce about their happy memories there.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Ann Crimmings said: “For almost 65 years the Lido was a huge part of the social history of Pontypridd and the South Wales Valleys, becoming a major destination for generations of families over the decades.

“In an effort to record the impressive history of one of the UK’s largest lidos, we are hoping members of the public will come forward and share items and memories of this much-loved swimming complex as it embarks on a bright new beginning that future generations can enjoy.”

If you have any photographs or memorabilia then please contact Kimberley McKenzie on 01443 495163 or email: kimberley.mckenzie@rctcbc.gov.uk

Alternatively, please take your items to Pontypridd Library who will also happily copy them for you.

If you have stories and memories to share of your time in the Lido then we would also like to hear from you for ongoing forthcoming oral history project with local schoolchildren. Contact us: pontypridd@rctcbc.gov.uk

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.

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