History of Beccles Lido: Exhibition

BECCLES and District Museum is currently hosting an exhibition about the long history of Beccles


The exhibition has been put together by Suzanne Gibbons, one of the directors of Beccles Lido Ltd. She has drawn on a wide range of material from the collections of the museum, local

newspapers and the

photographs of local people. The earliest images are of the old granary which became the first changing rooms in the 1870s.

This was superseded

by ‘The Bathing Place’, built in 1894, which had much better changing facilities but still involved swimming in the river. The present site opened in 1959. The

exhibition, commemorates which the 10th

anniversary of the acquisition of the pool by Beccles Lido Ltd, runs until September 8th. The museum is open every afternoon,

except Monday,

from 1.45pm to 4.30pm and entrance is free. In the photo Barry Darch,


Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm Fri 9am-4pm

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chairman of the museum trustees,

1930s-style one-piece swim- suit, specially the

is wearing knitted

a for

anniversary celebrations by Mrs Hazel George to an authentic pattern. Dr Darch said, ‘The Lido is a wonderful asset for the town and area and a great testimony to the volunteers past and present who showed considerable

initiative in

taking it over and developing it into a facility which gives huge pleasure to young and old alike. It has a fascinating history going back a century and a half.’

The Fisher Theatre

MON 19th August.Cinema - The Sound of Music - Sing- along (U) 7.45pm. Wed 21st

August Falcon

Meadow Trust Fundraiser - Enigmatic Eels - 7.30pm. Discover

the bizarre and

complex habits of our native eel. Jez Wood of the Environment Agency, will introduce the vital schemes, both here and abroad, to protect this once numerous, now critically endangered species. Tue 27th August.


Cinema - Akenfield (PG) 1pm (For all but also a dementia friendly event). Wed 28th August. Fisher

Folk & Acoustic, 7.30pm. An opportunity for local talent to

take to the stage in a warm and friendly environment. Book in advance to play a 20 minute slot or come and support and listen in the audience. Tues 3rd September Bungay Club

Film 10th Anniversary

Dinner & Film, Mid-August Lunch in aid of the ‘Future- proofing the Fisher Theatre Fund’ Dinner 6.45pm and Film 8pm.

Mon 9th September Fisher Theatre Cinema - Mary Queen of Scots (15), 7.45pm Tuesday 10th September Matinee Cinema, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1pm (For all but also a dementia friendly event). Thurs 12th September The Church Fitters, 7.30pm. The

three flamboyant musicians in this outfit present their uplifting and entertaining show with a unique dynamism and describe their music as “Folk Unlimited”. Friday 13th September Steve Hewlett presents ‘One Man Many Friends’ Steven Hewlett brings his funny characters to Bungay for the first time. Having toured the UK & USA recently this is something of a coup. Come and be tickled by one of the UK’s Best Loved Comedy Ventriloquists.

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