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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Ruislip Lido: Young Ones!
Ruislip Lido featured in Cliff Richard's Young Ones video.
Location: Reservoir Road, Ruislip
Description: The old reservoir was turned into a proper lido in the 1930s with a George W. Smith building and swimming facility officially opened by the Earl of Howe in 1936.
Attractions in its heyday include rowing boats, motor boats, paddle boats, children's playground, a beach and miniature railway, all built by the Grand Union Canal Company.
It was famous for holding the waterskiing world championships and for appearances in several films.
Charlotte Wrampling's The Knack featured scenes here and Cliff Richard's Young Ones song was filmed here too.
It was demolished in 1994 and is now a reservoir/nature park with the miniature railway still there.