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Flying the flag for Jesus Green Lido

    Thirty fabulous flags designed by local art students have been installed in and around Jesus Green Lido as part of the pool’s centenary celebrations. 

    The flags were commissioned by Better, Cambridge City Council and Friends of Jesus Green Lido from first year BA Illustration students at Anglia Ruskin University

    The students’ brief was to come up with eye-catching designs that celebrate Jesus Green Lido’s centenary this summer as well as reflecting the Lido’s values – community, voice and legacy.

    “We had a series of meetings with the students, telling them about the Lido’s history and sharing old photos of the pool. They then visited the Lido to experience its amazing atmosphere and wonderful community for themselves,” says Caroline Lewis from the Friends of Jesus Green Lido.

    “The project’s been great for the Lido and the students. They gained valuable experience working to a brief for real clients, and the flags are a brilliant addition to Jesus Green and the Lido,” she says.

    “The students’ designs are great quality and really diverse. Their responses to the pool are fresh and exciting and they were remarkably professional. We’re lucky to have such talented students working for our Lido during the centenary.”

    Throughout the centenary Jesus Green Lido has been engaging with a wide variety of groups in and around Cambridge, many of whom have never used the pool before.

    Groups include the Cambridge Yarn Collective, who decorated the pump room with a crochet penguin pool party, Rowan, an arts centre and forest school for adults with learning disabilities, who designed and made a beautiful memorial board to remember past swimmers, and Hills Road Sixth Form College A level film studies students, who shot and edited a new short film about the Lido.