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Were You A New Brighton Bather?
May 19, 2014
Radio Clatterbridge listeners have been asked for their memories of one of Wirral’s most iconic visitor attractions.
A local company is making a film about New Brighton baths which officially opened 80 years ago.
The bathing pool closed in 1990 after hurricane-force winds damaged the area, but it had previously proved extremely popular.
Around 12,000 people attended the opening in June 1934.
Pathe News declared it was the biggest swimming pool in the world at the time, catering for 4,000 swimmers and 20,000 spectators. It was also the venue for the annual Miss New Brighton competition.
Now listeners to Radio Clatterbridge have learned how Wirral-based video company Tigoby is researching the baths for a brand new documentary.
Chris Wright told presenters Paul Allt and John Roberts how they want to speak to anyone who has a memory of the venue.
“We’re looking for stories about the people who went there. Not only the families, but the lifeguards, St John Ambulance, the people who used to rent out anything. It’s all about the people.” – Film-maker Chris Wright
Producers have already enlisted the help of New Brighton Primary School and have uncovered original documents, including a programme and blueprints.
Filming has yet to begin, but listeners heard how the research has revealed a chilling trend…
“The most common story I’m getting so far… is that it was cold! Salt water and it was cold. But it was a magnificent place.”- Film-maker Chris Wright