Cumbria

Grange-over-Sands lido given poster facelift

Grange Lido Image copyright Phil Bradby
Image caption Grange Lido was closed in 1993 after "60 years of happy use"

A derelict lido in Cumbria has been given a poster facelift.

The lido on the Promenade at Grange-over-Sands has been abandoned since it closed in 1993, although there is now a campaign for it to be reopened.

To coincide with the town hosting the Morecambe Bay Partnership 2020 Photographic Exhibition, the exterior has become a gallery in its own right.

Images range from 19th Century cocklers, to local wildlife, and the latest Bay search and rescue vehicles.

Image copyright Tricia Thomas
Image caption All 24 of the boarded up windows and doors have been covered with posters

Town mayor, Councillor Tricia Thomas, and fellow councillor, Joanna Greenway, persuaded local groups, businesses and residents to sponsor the posters.

Image copyright Frank McCall
Image caption The initiative was the brainchild of town mayor, councillor Tricia Thomas

Ms Thomas said: "The lido was built in 1934, and closed after 60 years of happy use.

"For the people of Grange, it has long been a thorn in the flesh as it is a real eyesore and spoils the beautiful impression people get of the promenade.

"We hope that this exhibition on the lido will bring some beauty back to this part of our Edwardian promenade."

Image copyright Tricia Thomas
Image caption The panels are waterproof so can remain until a future use for the Grade II-listed structure is decided

Regarding the future of the lido, the council said things were afoot in the long term and the financial viability of various options was being scrutinised.

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