Outdoor fun at the Lido

Team spirit: Cromford Football Club in around 1976.
Team spirit: Cromford Football Club in around 1976.

These young swimmers were braving the cold at Matlock’s old door Lido back in the early 60s.

The picture was brought in to the office by Winifred Slack of Wirksworth, who took this photograph of her cousin Dalene Potter (left), Winifred’s sister Beryl Potter and friend Susan Brailsford on the right.

The Lido opened in May 1938 and was ultra-modern with indoor and outdoor pools, terraces for sunbathing, diving boards and a cafe and restaurant.

Winifred said: “I didn’t like going as it was too cold. I think they look cold in this picture.”

In the 1970s Derbyshire Dales District Council, decided to roof over the outdoor swimming pool and the cafe buildings which also housed the main entrance were demolished to make way for a Wilkinson’s store.

The Lido closed its doors last month for the last time following the opening of the new Arc leisure centre.

Council chiefs have now revealed plans to demolish the building and create a car park.