After local volunteers led a campaign to raise £3m and restore the pool to its 1930s glory, the lido reopened on Saturday under a fittingly bright blue sky
More photos from the reopening
In 1936, Sir Josiah Stamp, then Governor of the Bank of England, made a speech at the opening of the Morecambe open air baths. “When we get down to swimming” he said, “we get down to democracy.” That sense of importance was not misplaced. Some 80 years later, on a brilliant blue, baking hot Saturday, similar grand emotions were evoked, at the re-opening of Saltdean Lido.