Benefit event to aid outdoor pool

An artist impression of how the outdoor pool at Tynemouth could look.
An artist impression of how the outdoor pool at Tynemouth could look.

A group keen to give a former open-air pool a new lease of life are holding a fundraising event.

The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool (FTOP) believe the former amenity on the seafront can be re-used as a visitor attraction for swimming.

Over the past few months, we’ve gained a lot of momentum and are now looking to pull the community together for a final push

FTOP founder and local architect Dave Harland

And to help with their plans to redesign and reconstruct the derelict pool on Long Sands beach, a benefit fundraiser is being held at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, on Friday, May 22, from 8pm.

There will be music, raffles and more, including prizes signed by musician Sting.

Tickets cost £10 per person and are available for purchase through www.tynemouthoutdoorpool.tictail.com

FTOP founder and local architect Dave Harland said: “In 2013, we won the right to develop the site for the community. Over the past few months, we’ve gained a lot of momentum and are now looking to pull the community together for a final push.”

FTOP business advisor and local accountant Andy Boyle said: “We really have some exciting prospects to make this idea work.

“The business plan shows us the pool will work once its opened, and now we’re working on a programme to sell community shares for the site, which would raise money for construction and turn the pool over to local people for the future.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of one of the biggest regeneration projects we’ve seen in the North.”

More information about the pool, including two new videos about the project, will be available at the fundraising event.