Pictues showing swimmers taking the plunge at Hathersage Pool over the years

Braving the cold for a New Year’s Day dip at Hathersage open air swimming pool has become a bit of tradition over the years.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 4:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 1:17 pm
Hathersage Pool opened in 1936

Braving the cold for a New Year’s Day dip at Hathersage Open Air Swimming Pool has become a bit of tradition over the years. Here are some pictures of people enjoying the pool and those daft enough to make a splash in the middle of winter.

Izzy Kate and Vic enjoying their dip at Hathersage on New Years Day 2014
Izzy Kate and Vic enjoying their dip at Hathersage

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One hardy soul just before making the plunge into the water on New Year's Day
Attendant Rob Machon takes the plunge
Lifeguard Rob Machon and swimmer Jane Schofield
The pool has been part of the community for 83 years
The pool is now heated to 28 degrees, when it first opened it was heated with coal bunkers
At the beginning of the war the swimming pool was requisitioned by the government but by April 1940 it had been de-requisitioned and was being prepared for reopening.
In the autumn of 1947 the pool’s finances were reported as being in “dire straits” with £100 required by the following March to keep the pool open.
Hathersage Open Air Pool 75th Anniversary Special Guest Rachel Hudson who was at the opening of the pool in 1936 is pictured with Chris Cartledge,Chairman of Hathersage Parish Council in 2011
Over the last few years the Parish Council and local people have raised over £100,000 to replace the 1936 changing facilities and install disabled toilets.
The pool was only open from Whitsuntide until the first Saturday in September and admission charges (in 1950) were 1s 3d (6p) for adults and 4d (1.5p) for children.
Pool Manager Angie Plank pictured beside Hathersage Lido
Pictured is Chris Cartledge, Chairman of Hathersage Parish Council, at the Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool