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An 81-year-old outdoor pool in Cornwall has reopened to the delight of locals and tourists

Outdoor pools are few and far between for public consumption in the British Isles, but a pool in Cornwall has just re-opened after suffering structural damage in storms during 2014. The Grade II listed Art Deco swimming pool and plaza has undergone a £3 million revamp, and attracted lots of bathers at the Bank Holiday weekend.

PENZANCE, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Bathers enjoy the fine weather at the recently reopened Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance on May 30, 2016 in Cornwall, England. The Grade II Listed Art Deco seaside pool that suffered structural damage in the storms of early 2014, reopened this weekend after a £3million refurbishment. The pool, the UK's largest surviving seawater pool and an iconic feature of the seafront since it first opened in 1935, has recently announced future plans to heat part of the it with geothermal energy. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
PENZANCE, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Image by Getty

The Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance, Cornwall has new drainage and electricity supplies, as well as having its walls fixed, paving and handrails repaired and replaced. It opened there in 1935 but has been closed since the bashing from bad weather. It’s the country’s biggest seawater pool and has always been popular with tourists.

PENZANCE, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Bathers queue to enter the recently reopened Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance on May 30, 2016 in Cornwall, England. The Grade II Listed Art Deco seaside pool that suffered structural damage in the storms of early 2014, reopened this weekend after a £3million refurbishment. The pool, the UK's largest surviving seawater pool and an iconic feature of the seafront since it first opened in 1935, has recently announced future plans to heat part of the it with geothermal energy. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
PENZANCE, ENGLAND – MAY 30: (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Its name comes from the fact that it opened in the year of King George V’s Silver Jubilee, but it fell in to disrepair even before the storms. However locals are thrilled that it’s back, and perhaps it will draw even more holidaymakers back to the British coast.

PENZANCE, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Bathers enjoy the fine weather at the recently reopened Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance on May 30, 2016 in Cornwall, England. The Grade II Listed Art Deco seaside pool that suffered structural damage in the storms of early 2014, reopened this weekend after a £3million refurbishment. The pool, the UK's largest surviving seawater pool and an iconic feature of the seafront since it first opened in 1935, has recently announced future plans to heat part of the it with geothermal energy. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
PENZANCE, ENGLAND – MAY 30: (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)