Working at Bude Sea Pool

Swimming pool 1960s – building the terracing – photo courtesy of Ray Boyd

Talking to John Going, 94, of Widemouth, Dawn Robinson was interested to hear of his work on the terraces of the Bude Sea Pool in the 1960s:

“I worked on the walls and terraces of the sea pool. I was out of work at the time, so I asked what (work) was in. There was only one job available and that was it. I ended up there until it was all finished, the terraces and that, for several months. I was a general labourer. Everything had to be moved from one place to another and that was my job.

It (the sea pool) was a good idea from an engineering standpoint. It does save the cliffs. By shoring it up, it keeps the sea off with concrete and mass infill. The sea pool was already there, but there were only cliffs behind it, so the building was an improvement and made it safer.

This was in the 1960s. The work was paid for locally by the council, but the local surveyor had oversight of it. The alternative was to let the cliffs tumble until the erosion got to the end of the pavilion and ┬áthe picture house.”

Swimming pool 1960s – building the terracing – photo courtesy Ray Boyd

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