ARUNDEL Lido has taken the plunge and installed its new boilers.
It will open to the public tomorrow (Saturday, May 25) for the summer season, with heated water in both pools.
However, fundraising to cover the £40,000 cost of the new boilers continues.
David Wood, chairman of the charitable trust which runs the Lido, said: “The support we have received so far has been absolutely magnificent.
“Our boiler appeal has brought in some £28,000 to date and we are hoping to raise the balance of £12,000 over the next month or so.
“The response from local people and businesses has been truly heart-warming, with many making donations and buying lottery tickets and several organising fundraising events for us.
“It really demonstrates how much local people treasure Arundel Lido.”
The trust launched its campaign in February, after the existing 30-year-old boiler broke down and the cost of replacing it was estimated at £40,000.
Without donations, the money would have to come from the Lido’s ﬁnancial reserve fund, taking it below its emergency contingency level as it has been heavily depleted mainly due to poor weather over the past few years.
Since the campaign launched, donations have been received from many sources, including the Duke of Norfolk, two of the daughters of the late Duke Bernard and many other local people, both swimmers and non-swimmers.
Lottery tickets, known as Degree Certificates, are still being sold by shops and pubs throughout Arundel.
The draw for the £1,000 prize will take place during a ‘race night’ at the White Hart, in Queen Street, on bank holiday Monday.
All are welcome at the event.
Fundraising events so far have included a Rock’n’Roll Bingo evening at the Eagle Inn, a general knowledge quiz at the Kings Arms and a Beach Party at the Red Lion.
Future events include the race night and a Call My Bluff wine-tasting event at Arundel Town Hall on Friday, June 14.
When the Lido opens on Saturday, it will be offering not only daily swimming and picnicking facilities for everyone, but also a number of new facilities.
These will include Zorb Ball sessions, children’s parties and a streamlined swim school offering swimming lessons to all ages and capabilities.
For more information about the Lido’s facilities, to buy season tickets or make bookings, visit the website www.arundel-lido.com or telephone the Lido office on 01903 884772.