Newspaper cutting 1963
‘Surrounded by snow these women are getting ready for sunnier days. They are a team of do it yourself pit men’s wives who are supervised by one man are building another swimming pool for the Nottingham colliery village of Clipstone.
Unskilled when they started, they have tackled everything from building a tea room to setting up the pool walls in reinforced concrete. “We love every minute of it” say Betty Cudworth “It’s more fun than housework.” ”After working out here I should go mad inside four walls” says mother of two Edie Lyons.
Petite Vi McCann feels ten feet tall when she looks around at all the Clipstone girls have achieved. “I’ve even learned to swim since I started this job” she says.
Deputy’s wife May Cooper – she has five grandchildren – completes the regular “gang”. They work six days a week and never lost a day through last winters appalling weather. And in the summer they take care of the day to day running of the Lido
The information from this newscutting suggests there was once a photograph with it, possibly showing a groups of ladies. It also says they ‘are building another swimming pool’ – was there previously one at Clipstone? We (the editors) have added photographs taken by the CHAD newspaper in 1979 which are headed ‘Clipstone Lido re-opens’ suggesting that some years after all the hard work done by those ladies the Lido closed and re-opened in 1979. It finally closed in ??