One of Britain’s greatest sporting superstars, Sharron Davies has stepped in to take over the role of patron at the re-opened Beccles Lido after she heard about the pool’s unique community-led rescue effort on Twitter.
Her appointment comes on the heels of national recognition after the Beccles Lido team won the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. “As a passionate supporter of swimming for the community and as a patron of many charities, but not a lido, I was thrilled to be asked to support Beccles.
“The community has really rallied around to make sure that this project has been a success. There are so few lidos left in good working order around the country and so many that close down, it’s great to be part of a group that have been recognised by the Prime Minister through his Big Society Award.”
Beccles Lido Limited is a community-run company that runs the lido as well as other Beccles facilities including Beccles Public Hall, and its director Eric Wareham welcomed Ms Davies’ support. He added that he is also searching for a patron from the world of the arts to help publicise the efforts to save Beccles Public Hall.