Morecambe – Super Swimming Stadium 1936
“Morecambe’s costliest yet most popular enterprise.”
The £130,000 Swimming Pool was opened by Sir Josiah Stamp. He was President of the L.M.S (London Midland and Scottsh Railway?? inset) July 27th 1936.
The pool remarkably took only 13 months to take shape. The basin of the baths was in formation during June 1935, and by…
…July 1936 was ready to open.
The first Baths Manager for Morecambe was Mr Leonard Flook. He was invited to judge the final heat of the Miss Great Britain contest.
The two faces of Mr Leonard Flook
Morecambe was the fore- runner for holding Beauty Contests.
It was the idea of Mr Leonard Flook
“Nobody had thought about it before!!”
The winner of the very first contest received £50 and a cup. The past Sunday Dispatch sponsored it and then it evolved into the Miss Great Britain and World Contest.
The super swimming stadium was one of Morecambes proudest features. National and International swimming and aquatic events were staged throughout the year.
Visited by 27,000 bathers in two days! This majestic pool opened 7 days a week including floodlit bathing. It was the longest open air pool in Europe.
Good views of the pool in these clips. Judging Stars included Laurel and Hardy, George Formby, and Wilfred Pickles to judge Miss Great Britain.
Young children earned their “Blue Seagull Award” for swimming one length of the pool. The pool was a massive 396″ft x 110 ft. There were Aqua shows every year – exhibition diving and the resident “Aquacascades”
It was announced that the super swimming stadium would not be included in the holiday guide for 1975. The stadium would not open again due to structural defects. It was always hoped that once structural engineers had been approached this beautiful pool would come alive again, but it was not to be. It was demolished in 1976, part of which was changed for use as a Dolphinarium, then eventually all gone, and became a Leisure Park.
From proud opening …
Many visits to my Morecambe page since ITV The Bay Episode 6 was shown . The Lido in question was Grange over Sands which featured in the episode…
Campaigns are in progress to save this lovely designed Lido