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Issue 33 e best thing to come out of Surbiton since the A3Yellow feverZoe Cochrane’s cut  owers and plants added spring zing to last month’s farmers’ market, with thenext – on the 18th – likely to be brighter still. Daffodils ledthe way, but there were also snowdrops, hyacinths, cyclamen, mixed bulbs, orchids and hydrangeas to remind us that winter has almost gone. Turn to p2 for news of a market newcomer.March 2017Time for a new lagoon?Surbiton could get a swimming pool – 40 years a er the old lagoon closed – as calls grow for a new complex funded by the developers who are so eager to  ll the area with high-rise homes.Councillors believe they can force the issue up the agenda.Ian George pledged: “We will do everything we can.  e petition can highlight demand, and encourage developers to see opportunities.”Richard Hudson added: “We are on a mission to ensure Tolworth gets a better deal. A new pool would be the icing on the cake.”MP James Berry called on the council to be inventive in looking at ways to fund the project.“Our borough is crying out for a pool, particularly south of the A3. By using development gain I’m sure the council can deliver, if it’s clear that residents support the idea.” e area near the bowling alley on the Toby Jug site is one possible location, providing a community amenity, a boost to public health and giving schools the chance to teach children to swim without everyone having to travel miles.“Our brilliant local swimming team, the Kingston Royals, has a huge waiting list,” the MP added, underlining potential demand.Surbiton has lacked any swimming facilities since the lagoon in Raeburn Avenue closedin 1979. Meldone Close was built on the site. e open-air lagoon openedin 1934, operating daily, April- September.  e main pool was 165  by 90 , containing half a million gallons of water. Banked seating could hold 1,000 spectators. e record attendance was 5,600 people in one day during the summer of 1976, when the mercury hit 95 degrees in old money.  ere was barely room to stand, never mind swim.At the end of the 1979 season Surbiton Lagoon ‘closed for repairs’, but never reopened. Tim Harrison lSign the petition electronically via www.tolworthpool.orgTina Dezart and Andy Wood are in the festival moodMP James Berry and Cllrs Chris Hayes, Richard Hudson and Ian George back the call. Above, the lagoon in its heydayTurning pub grub into tapasBy combining the Brits’ love of comfort food and their passion for tapas, chef Danny Wilson has developed a clever concept. Take  sh ’n’ chips. Beer-batter goujonssit astride twice-cooked fries, served with rough-cut homemade tartare and manicured half lemon. But this is no overpriced Islington eatery, it’s a Surbiton pub. See p5A grey and chilly Sunday afternoon in February did not put off the crowds who turned up atSt Andrew’s Square to take part in the general merriment that is the Seething Wells Festival.The event was of cially opened with a poetic address to rugby ball-sized pasty, followed by entertainment from the KT6 singers and the dancers of Kingston Morris.Then everyone stretched their legs with a jolly procession through the streets, some donning masks and head dresses that they had just made.“I’m genuinely pleased that so many people have come here ahead of the procession – it’s fantastic,” said organiser Robin Hutchinson. “And also it’s great that new groups like KT6 have come to support us this year.”Poetry and motionChef Danny Wilson is putting a spin on pub classics

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