New mayor walks the plank as Lido opens for the summer

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Mayor John Fox going into the Lido EMN-170527-174318009
There were sunshine and splashes as Peterborough Lido opened for the summer season.

The sun shone for most of Saturday - the first day of the year for the popular outdoor pool - and people queued to get in the door to take advantage of free swimming.

However, the rain did come down for part of the morning - leading some swimmers to grab an umbrella for protection.

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As is tradition, the session was opened by new Mayor of Peterborough, cllr John Fox, being thrown into the pool.

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Cllr Fox put his own unique spin on the tradition by dressing up as a pirate as he took the ceremonial dip - and was joined by his grandchildren in the pool.

He said: “It was a really nice event - it was a lovely day, and there was a large turnout - probably because the sun was shining and the water was nice and warm.

“I thought I would make a little change, and dress as a pirate - as if I was walking the plank.

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“The sea cadets are one of my charities this year, and I’m an ex navy man, so it seemed appropriate.”

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This year is the 81st in the Lido’s history, and more than 200,000 visitors are expected to take a dip over the next few months.

The Lido has three heated outdoor pools - a large 50m main pool, a learner pool for children and a paddling pool for toddlers - and is open from 9am-7pm over the summer months.

Entry is just £5.80 for adults or £4.20 for children over the age of 5 years with discounts available for all Vivacity Card holders.

Along with the Sea Cadets, cllr Fox will also be supporting Shopmobility and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust during his year as mayor.

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