Another day, another visit, Tynemouth Lido once again, I just can't stay away from this place.
This was another visit from my last upload and the weather couldn't have been different if it had tried, it was freezing, wet, dull, miserable and shortly after this was taken the heavens opened and I was running for cover. Anyone who has been there knows that the car park is not the closest place, it's fine on a lovely day, but when it's wet the distance seems to double for some reason.
This wouldn't be so bad if you had been able to use the lido for what it was intended and were wet anyway. Sadly it is now a derelict chunk of shaped concrete sticking out into the sea from the base of the cliff. The council has filled it with boulders to prevent people from using it as they obviously can't afford to rectify its problems as well as man it for safe use under, dare I say it, health and safety rules.
It is rather sad to see it in such a state, especially having seen photos of it in its heyday. Places like this bring the importance of such documentary photography to my thoughts, it may be physically lost, but because there is a photograph of it, in some way it will always remain alive.
Sitting in such places I allow myself to feel where I am, it might sound mad, but I can imagine the sounds of screaming and shouting as people enjoy the pool. I can smell the fish and chips doused in vinegar and feel the coolness of ice cream on my lips whilst experiencing the heat of the sun on my cream soaked skin applied by my Mum who was worried I may burn. It takes me back to my childhood when life didn't seem as restrained by rules to protect us from injury as it does today and you didn't have someone lurking around the corner ready to sue you for everything you own if they stub their toe.
You have to allow your mind to go free when in places like this, mine might just go a little freer that others. That's not a problem as long as it comes back in line before I leave otherwise I might find myself somewhere I don't want to be, straight jacket comes to mind. Aaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!
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