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Speedo Unforgettable Swims: Golden Years

Posted in London Pools with tags , , on November 8, 2011 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed


Today one of my colleagues at work told me about this website that Speedo has set up about Unforgettable swims. It is lovely. I particularly like this blog about Cyril and Yvonne Wood pictured, and filmed at Tooting Lido. They have been in love for 63 years. But it’s not just their love for each other that keeps them together: there’s also a special place in their heart for water. Their unforgettable swim is one of hundreds they’ve shared in their long life together. It is lovely, and it made me smile even more knowing that Cyril won the Sunday race held at Tooting Lido (albeit with a huge head start!!).

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Tooting Lido

Posted in London Pools with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed

For me Tooting Lido is one of the most incredible places in the UK. Not only is it huge (the pool measures 100 x 33 yards – a staggering 30,000 square feet of water), but swimming in the middle of one of London’s most beautiful commons, surrounded by trees, blackberry bushes, the multicoloured changing rooms (which are apparently listed) and the sound of bird song (as well as the clatter of the occasional train), is a joy to behold.

According to SLSC, it is is one of Britain’s oldest lidos: it was built in just four months in the spring of 1906. It did not become a ‘lido’ until the thirties – when the term became widely used – it was originally known as Tooting Bathing-Lake.The pool, at the eastern end of Tooting Common in south-west London, opened to the public on Saturday 28 July 1906. It was intended partly as a communal bath as very few homes in 1906 had their own bathrooms. It is now the biggest open-air pool in the country.

Back in 1906, the Rev. Anderson, the man behind the pool being built, said he hoped it would be ‘a benefit to the public for a long time to come.’ He can hardly have imagined that a hundred years later, people from south London and beyond, would still be swimming in his bathing-lake and delighting in it.

Anyway, although it is lovely when there are lots of people enjoying the vast expanse of water, it is at its best at about 7.00am in the morning, when the sun is out, and only a handful of people are taking the plunge. Here’s some shots at exactly that time of day. They are also taken before some b**tards stole the safety rail that used to surround the pool. Who would have thought that the recession and swimming could have collided in such a sad way?

A couple of hours later …