Record-breaking summer for popular Beccles Lido

Visitors enjoying Beccles Lido. PIC: Helen Nicholson

Visitors enjoying Beccles Lido. PIC: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

As Beccles Lido closed for the season, its director has announced the popular pool enjoyed its most successful summer ever.

When the outdoor pool shut its doors for the final time this year on Sunday, it had welcomed 46,138 visitors - the highest number since it was taken over from Waveney District Council in 2010.

And the high visitor levels gave a welcome boost for the attraction, which suffered a disappointingly low turnout last year.

Lido director Shaun Crowley puts this year’s success down to the glorious summer weather coinciding with the school holidays.

During one particularly hot day at the end of July 1,219 swimmers passed through the lido’s gates and people had asked the pool if they would stay open for longer.

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But lido manager Matt Day said: “It’s a question we get asked many times but the sad truth is, as soon as the schools go back visitor numbers drop right off.

“We need 2,500 visitors a week to breakeven, and last week we had just 1,750.”

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