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Hilsea Lido has been a popular swimming destination for Portsmouth people since the 1930s, but was closed by the Council in 2008.

In 2009 ownership passed to a registered charity, the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People (HLPP), who hope to re-open the pool in 2011.

The trust now has a 99-year lease on the pool and the Blue Lagoon, which regularly hosts a variety of music events and other fund-raising evenings.

Cameraman Bill Butcher from went down on Thursday to see what was happening at the soon-to-be re-vitalised Hilsea Lido.

The HLPP has exciting plans for the future, but more hands are needed to help with everything from electrical surveys to painting and cleaning. Volunteers from local businesses and schools are getting involved, but more are always welcome.

Anyone wanting to volunteer can go down to the Hilsea Lido on a Thursday; for more information on the HLPP Trust and fund-raising events at the Blue Lagoon go to

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