Tractor lessons with Kaleb Cooper was number one on the list fetching £1,100, with a beer drinking session at Jeremy’s brewery another favourite from those who went to the event. Other products and experiences up for grabs included a six-month supply of eggs, pony riding, beer tasting at Hook Norton Brewery and a classic car experience.
The auction was hosted by The Grand Tour presenter last Friday at the Chipping Norton Town Hall, and with the pool being run by a local charity since 2004, the auction was important for the future of the pool with rising energy costs that have “hit the lido hard”.
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Coming in at 25m long, the pool was opened in 1970, but in 2003 it lost its government funding. 2014 bought a £75,000 restoration with £60,000 from Sport England and community fundraising.
Clarkson has hosted the auction each year since 2007 and has supported the pool since. Tickets this time were £20 per person
Lido trustee Claire Jarvis told the press:
“It’s a long-postponed night of fevered bidding and top class entertainment to raise vital funds for the community-run pool.
“The audience is promised an unmissable event that will help the pool withstand the current energy crisis and remain open to the public.”