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Designer's souvenir products give Broomhill Pool project fresh boost

PUBLISHED: 11:44 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 14 June 2017

The apron, tea-towel, and tote bag with the Broomhill image. Picture: Star Editions/Dave Thompson Art

The apron, tea-towel, and tote bag with the Broomhill image. Picture: Star Editions/Dave Thompson Art

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The campaign to reopen Broomhill Pool in Ipswich is set to receive a major boost with the introduction of a series of household goods showing off what it could look like.

Broomhill Lido in IpswichBroomhill Lido in Ipswich

Dave Thompson Art, working with Suffolk-based Heritage Editions, has produced a stunning illustration of the lido which is being turned into a number of products for sale.

It is on a range of items from mugs to babygrows, and aprons to calendars – and the items are going on sale now.

Initially they are on sale online through www.DaveThompsonArt.co.uk – but it is hoped the items will also go on sale at gift shops, tourist centres, and museum shops in the area.

Dave Thompson said: “I’ve really enjoyed illustrating such an iconic building and it is pleasing to add another Lido to my collection.”

Mark Ling of The Broomhill Pool Trust. Picture: LUCY TAYLORMark Ling of The Broomhill Pool Trust. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

He consulted the Broomhill Pool Trust about the lido’s past, plus local firm KLH Architects – who is project lead for the pool’s restoration – for its future design.

The image therefore unites the pool’s opening in 1938 and its planned restoration in 2018/2019.

Fusion Lifestyle, the registered charity that is spearheading the proposals, will be shortly be submitting its second stage application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the application for planning permission for the project.

Brockwell Park Lido run by Fusion Lifestyle has previously featured in Thompson’s work.

The babygrow with the Broomhill image. Picture: Star Editions/Dave Thompson ArtThe babygrow with the Broomhill image. Picture: Star Editions/Dave Thompson Art

Alan Wilkinson, of KLH Architects in Ipswich, said: “Dave’s image of the Broomhill lido is an evocative and heart-warming tribute to this beautiful Ipswich asset, I am going to put a print on my Christmas list.”

Mark Ling, chairman of the Broomhill Pool Trust, said: “Dave’s work is a real “Who’s who” of Britain’s top landmarks. This is a stunning design and a real coup for Ipswich”.

Needham Market based Star Editions Ltd is the global art distributor handling Thompson’s portfolio, along with many other notable artists and is looking for outlets to stock the products.

Will Marston, of Star Editions, said: “We were delighted to be able to work in partnership with Dave Thompson and Broomhill Pool Trust.

Mugs with the Broomhill image. Picture: Star Editions/Dave Thompson ArtMugs with the Broomhill image. Picture: Star Editions/Dave Thompson Art

“As a Suffolk based manufacturer the project appealed both for the company, and on a personal level as well (as I remember swimming there!).”

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