80 Years of Ilkley Lido

The bathing pool opened in May 1935.  It was an immediate success and enhanced Ilkley’s reputation as an inland health and holiday resort. There were several water slides and the popular ‘wedding cake’ fountain. The diving board was of international standard.

During the second world war, the bathing pool was a popular centre during the Holiday at Home weeks.  In May 1942 it was announced ‘in order to avoid the use of fuel, the water at the bathing pool will not be heated this year.’

In 1950 when this photograph was taken the pool was open from 9am until 9pm each day and in the evening was illuminated by ‘fairy lights’.

The official opening of the Ilkley Lido this year will be on 23rd May.

Ilkley Lido

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