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Helmsley Open Air Pool hopes public meeting will make a splash

Public meeting to discuss the future of the unique pool to be held on 15th March

Yorkshire’s only 25m heated open air pool is asking people to come along to a public meeting on 15th March to help secure its future in the picturesque market town of Helmsley.

Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool, which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2018 and is a registered charity, is one of less than 100 lidos still operating in the UK.

Although it is only currently open 16 weeks annually, due to the British climate, it needs to raise money and awareness throughout the year to ensure the pool can remain open.

Volunteers are running the meeting, which will be held at 6.30pm in Helmsley’s Town Hall. It is hoped locals will attend to find out more about plans for the pool, and how they can help ensure this valuable facility remains open.

Ex-town Councillor Jane Barker is involved with a team who are passionate about saving the pool. She said: “The open air pool in Helmsley really is so unique, and it’s vital we don’t let a lack of funds mean that one day it just can’t operate any more. Many of us have enjoyed going there from being youngsters ourselves, and it’s lovely to see happy families there on a sunny day. Although those who have never taken an open air swim in the rain are missing out! We have lots of plans around how the pool can develop, and offer facilities to even more individuals and groups, but we need the support of the local community. I hope as many people as possible will come along to the meeting to find out more.”

For more information about the pool, go to www.helmsleyopenairpool.org . The pool will this year open on 10th June.