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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 24th October 2013 (Updated 7:04am 24th October 2013)

There is a warning the future of Bude sea pool could still be in doubt.

The people who run it say the desperately need more members.

They are handing over lifeguarding duties to the RNLI, saving them around £25k but still need to do repairs over the winter.

The plan is to expand membership from around 1,500 to 3,000.

Fifty thousand swimmers used the historic facility during the summer.

The sea pool was originally built in the 1930s to provide safe bathing.

Its future was threatened by council cuts before local campaigners stepped in to take over its running.

Chairman of the pool charity Paul Tilzey said: "The last few years, as throughout Cornwall, has been quite wet. But this year has been idyllic - beautiful sunsets, awash with people. The locals have loved it as well. The local children have been there until the sun has disappeared.

"I hate to say it - but the future is still in doubt inasmuch that we have 1,500 paid up members and we need 3,000.

"We need to be able to raise £50,000 a year to deal with all the repairs and maintenance that may occur."

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