Please contact us to add your experiences of the Otley Lido – whether it be from 1934 or 1993 until it closed, or your thoughts on the site and what we should do. Your memories and hopes are important to us.
All you need to do is use the comment form below and this will be added to our collection of ideas. Thank you for your support.
From Ken Carter – Otley Resident and Supporter of Friends of the Otley Lido.
“I Used to spend almost the whole of the Summer holidays at the Lido, as a boy, into mid-teens. 7/6d (37.5p) for a Season Ticket in mid/late 60’s was incredible value for money for the endless hours of enjoyment that was had there, regardless of the weather conditions.
I met my wife, Carol at the pool in 1969, it will be our Ruby Anniversary next year.
Otley deserves to have the Lido ‘re-instated. It would provide a boost to the Town and would provide much-needed leisure facilities which are sadly lacking in Otley, thanks to the neglect of Leeds City Council.”
Colin Murby: Good luck to you getting the lido back to its former glory. Spent many an happy hour there. If I could I would be there to support you 100%
Moni Monagahn: My second home as a child, season ticket bought when pool opened around May time. Was there from 10am to 9pm in non school days,took pack up dinner and tea or bag of chips on the way home. I don’t think I have any photos as I was generally there on my own I never knew when to go home until I got “kicked out” by the lovely Mr Mutch xx Would be lovely to see it opened up again xx
Gillian Speight: Season tickets, different coloured card depending on weekly, monthly, etc., hot oxo in blue patterned paper cups – don’t know if I’m right but Mr and Mrs Mutch, those bloody changing rooms with concrete (rippled) floor, putting your clothes in a basket – wonderful happy memories, hours and hours spent sometimes on your own but safe and happy, Oh and that blue fountain in the baby pool and a whistle if you got got as a ‘swimmer’ in there, and the slide – oh memories!
Diane Leslie Daphne: God so many memories I loved that pool and a packet of chips. With scraps on the way home if lucky I know we got told off aa couple of time s from Mrs Mutch but she would also have a laugh with you too
Anne Newsome Firth – First day of school holidays, getting your season ticket and going everyday regardless of the weather. I remember Mr and Mrs Mutch and recognise Bridget Barr from the photo
Lizzie Lawrence – Such a shame it’s been allowed to get like that. If they’d left it as an outdoor pool it would have been a little goldmine and brought lots more people to Otley
Shoni Pape – I remember this as a child and it would be lovely to see it back again this has my full support