Ramsgate Marina Pool above. Private postcard collection. Paragos series Margate. AGJ
Ramsgate Marina Pool was one of the biggest attractions in Thanet.
The holiday weekends heaved.
“Tomorrow 21st July 1935 will see another landmark in the history of Ramsgate. It is the official opening of the Marina Bathing Pool and Cafes by His Worship the Mayor Alderman Dye.”
The Mayors opening words were the signal for a mass plunge into the pool. Members of the Ramsgate Swimming Club and the Royal Air Force Swimming Club from Manston Camp dived in.
A Mannequin Parade of Bathing Beauties in alluring swim suits took place. An exhibition of high diving thrilled the crowds from the superb diving platform.
There was an opulent cafe overlooking the bathing and boating pools. it was built in an attractive style. A car park was under the cafe which would take at least 50 cars.
A Marina Swimming Challenge Trophy was awarded annually.
The pool was marked off in various depths. It had circular rafts for sunbathing.
The Construction of the Ramsgate Marina Pool
This image shows the Pool during construction. It was taken July 1st 1935 and it was opened 20 days later!
The old Marina Bathing Station had 70 odd wooden bathing huts and a Swimming Club Hut. These were demolished to make way for a new promenade and dressing accomodation for the pool.
The entire complex comprised a boating pool at the lower end. The other end had a recreational dancing/roller skating rink. There was car parking under the cafe.
Floodlit bathing played a major part in relaxation swimming. Ramsgate Marina Bathing Pool during holiday weekends, had easily 5000 passing through the turnstiles. Water Polo matches were frequent. There were many spectacular displays of swimming and diving. In fact there was a date in September when the famous US diver Pete Desjardins was flown over specially to give a display.
Two perspectives – The Lido lived on for 50 years. Sadly it succombed to the same threats as most lidos at the time. This was down to the climate change and weather conditions. Package holidays abroad where the sunshine was guaranteed, all took its toll on patronage.
I believe also there was a problem with the draining of the pool that caused possible exacerbation of its demise. With bathers dwindling it eventually was abandoned and left to decay. It became an eyesore and local businessman Mr John Bates filled in the site. He applied white paint to the surrounds in attempt to smarten up what was left of the pool. Eventually it was totally demolished
The road leads to the car park and is presumably at the level of the former entrance. The road possibly being what was the roof of the former restaurant and the dancing and roller skating area?
It was very nostalgic wandering over the site. I could hear the splashing, shouting and excitement all around. Anyone swim here, more hints?