Margate Lido – The Lido – 1927. The Lively Lido
Also had a close affinity with Margate’s Dreamland.
It was the perfect setting for Bathing Beauties and Miss Lovely Legs Contests.
Margate Lido featured image above was taken from the holiday brochure of the time. Margate Library Penny Ward 1994
This lovely semi-circular lido nestled at the foot of three terraces, consisting – a theatre, dance cavern, saloons and sun terraces.
From above the cliff, one looked down the terraces onto the antics of excited children, sliding down the chutes, with parents keeping eyes on excited children. The pool was in action until 1975. and was and indeed a major land mark along the sandy beaches, attracting many from far.
Margate Lido was a favourite venue for glamour and beauty!Girls paraded around the perimeter of this dazzling blue pool under cloudless skies. Many celebrities visited, having to juggle, confer, endeavouring and hoping to make the right choice awarding the crown! A delightful scene, with many wonderful permanent friendships formed at this very lively lido.
OUTCOME: Margate lido was closed during the 70’s, after a life of 50 years or so. It’s hard from this photo, (taken in 2003) to imagine the liveliness of this joyous landmark on the beach, the terraces, and the huge vibrancy and colour that had existed. The terraces leading down to the lido are now car parking areas however…
the “Lido” monolith is still in place on the prom. which signals the past.
The sun still shines down, but only in memories and imagination can you hear the vibrancy around you.