Winning the lotto and local hearts

Winning the lotto and local hearts

What would you do if you won the lottery? I know just what I’d do, and I reckon there aren’t many people around Newcastle who would disagree with my choice of how to spend my lotto win, especially given the hot summer we’ve just enjoyed!

I absolutely love where I live; we live near the coast of North Tyneside, where the beautiful beaches are a short walk away, and Newcastle is a little ride on the Metro away.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that we spend a lot of time in Tynemouth. I go for a walk along the coast after dropping the boys off at school/nursery, and we stroll along past the priory after school. Weekends are spent rock pooling or playing on the sand. Nothing beats fish and chips from Tynemouth high street, eaten with a wooden fork, while dangling your legs over the wall looking down on King Edwards Bay. It’s a gorgeous place and one we are privileged to live near to. If I won the lotto I would be straight down to the estate agents and I’d snap up a beautiful double-fronted Edwardian family home before you could blink.

So, as soon as the family have been relocated, and the usual debts paid off, what would I do with the rest of my amazing (fantasy) lotto win?

I’d give it all to the refurbishment of the Tynemouth Outdoor Pool. In the nineties, it was filled in with rocks, and it’s a sad old part of Longsands Beach right now.

tynemouth outdoor pool

Wouldn’t it be glorious to have the pool back in working order, even better than everyone remembers it was?

children playing in fountain of tynemouth outdoor pool 1972


busy tynemouth outdoor pool 1966

The photograph of the pageant was taken 47 years ago by Bill Hartmann of Wardley, Gateshead.

Tynemouth Outdoor Pool used to be a part of the community. Events were held there, swimming galas, awards ceremonies (Miss Lovely Legs, anyone?) and of course it was a place for Olympic and amateur swimmers to train. Families went for a splash about, and people met their friends and future partners down there.

If I won the lotto, I’d become a local hero! The Tynemouth Outdoor Pool is looking for around £5m to complete all stages of the restoration works. I think their idea is wonderful, and I can’t wait to see the pool as a focal point for tourists and local swimmers one day soon.

What would you do with a huge win on the lottery?


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