Intact and in a beautiful condition

AS a comparative newcomer to Weston I have often been puzzled by all the furore about the Tropicana. I can remember coming to Weston 50 years ago and using the

AS a comparative newcomer to Weston I have often been puzzled by all the furore about the Tropicana. I can remember coming to Weston 50 years ago and using the swimming pool, a gloriously large pool with incredibly high art deco diving board, but I had never seen inside the Tropicana.Recently I was determined I would find out about the Tropicana, and tried to get permission to see inside. This was a long quest. I was referred from one council official to another. All of them were very pleasant and helpful, but the bottom line was that absolutely nobody was permitted to see what was inside those high, and recently extended higher walls, with their coating of vandal-proof sticky black gloop.I rather suspected the whole area had been allowed to deteriorate to such a degree that it was unsafe and that the council was too embarrassed to let us see the extent of their neglect.So it was with some surprise that I strolled into the Tropicana today through a gaping hole in the wall to find it intact and in beautiful condition. The pool is still full of water and looks so inviting that I was tempted to peel off my clothes and dive in there and then.The whole area is in very good condition and would only need a little weeding and refurbishment to make it safe and usable once again.So this is the great secret that has been withheld from us. The Tropicana is in excellent condition and could be back in business in a matter of weeks.MIKE ROGERS - Baker Street, Weston


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