CAMPAIGNERS battling to save the iconic lido at Grange-over-Sands have stepped up their efforts by launching a 'Friends of Grange Lido' initiative.

The scheme is intended to help raise funds for the Save Grange Lido (SGL) group's work to fully restore the facility and build a community of supporters for the project.

“Establishing the Friends of Grange Lido is a really important step in reviving the Lido; every pound raised will help the project and each supporter will make a real difference,” said SGL treasurer Denise Armstrong.

And to coincide with the launch, SGL has published a striking video filmed during open days held at the Lido.

The film features many people who attended the popular events which gave people a chance to tour the art deco lido, which was built in 1932 but has laid derelict since its closure in 1993.

Work will begin early next year on the £2million phase one redevelopment of the site which will restore the buildings and pool surrounds of the grade II listed lido.

Save Grange Lido are raising money for the phase two development which is aimed a full restoration of the pool itself.

The cost of joining the 'Friends' scheme is £25 per year and to sign up, visit