Saviours of the lido

Saltdean Lido campaigners celebrate

Rebecca Crook

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In November at Theatre Royal Brighton, The Argus Community Stars Awards will crown winners of 20 different categories at a lavish ceremony hosted by TV celebrity Nick Owen.

The gongs return to Brighton for the 13th year, having previously been known as The Argus Achievement Awards.

Each day in the paper, we’ve been asking for your nominations for various different categories – and today we want to know about your Community Star of the Year.

We want someone in the community who has done something amazing, be it pulling a community together, helping people in need or being the driving force for change.

We want to give recognition to one person’s fantastic achievement which might have gone unheralded until now.

If you’re in need of inspiration, a fine example of a Community Star of the Year nomination can be found at Saltdean Lido in Brighton.

The lido has endured an illustrious and chequered history.

Last year, the Grade II* listed lido celebrated its 75th anniversary in style with a family fun day. But the happy memories have, on more than one occasion, been tainted by the fear of demolition and threat of redevelopment.

A set of determined campaigners, including Argus Local Hero Rebecca Crook, have fought tirelessly to ensure the lido is an attraction to be enjoyed by future generations.

Rebecca, 36, is a Saltdean resident who, along with other local residents, helped form the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign in March 2010 after plans were revealed to turn the site into flats.

Through the campaign’s hard work, Brighton and Hove City Council reclaimed the lido and eventually awarded ownership to the group under the Saltdean Lido CIC.

The CIC is now working to turn the lido back into a thriving city attraction. Rebecca and her colleagues hope the lido will open its doors once more to the public in 2016.

Who do you know deserving of the Community Star of the Year award? Follow the details below and let us know.

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