Looking Back: Pool bubbles under

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Still brings a pang of regret and disappointment, doesn’t it?

To think that empty basin of land near the Midland used to be home to a thriving outdoor swimming pool. Hard to imagine now.

This photo was taken around the time of the opening of Bubbles in July 1989.

Leeds-based Clifford Barnett Group had invested over £3m in refurbishing the former Morecambe Leisure Park, which prior to that was the site of the Super Swimming Stadium. As well as the outdoor pool, Bubbles included a tropical indoor pool with a 250ft long water slide.

At first things went swimmingly.

Morecambe enjoyed a heatwave in summer 1990 and crowds packed into the new complex.

But in March 1991, Clifford Barnett Developments went into liquidation.

Lancaster City Council had to step in to keep Bubbles open. But by 1993, the attraction was making huge financial losses. It closed in 2001. The Dome theatre, on the same site, followed in 2010.

Bring back the ‘wave machine’, that’s what I say.