It’s that time of year when the brave or foolish (or both) decide to hit the chilly winter waters of the North Sea to help raise money for local good causes.
The first of the seasonal splashes takes place on Christmas Day at 10.am prompt on Bridlington North Beach. It will be the 52nd annual dip, continuing a time honoured tradition in memory of local hairdresser and life-long Bridlington resident Warwick Connelly who started the event over half a century ago..
Steve Tighe from Blast Fitness has taken over the running of the event and hopes to attract as many people as possible to the North Beach for the morning dip.
Said Steve: This year all monies raised will be going to Bridlington R.N.L.I and sponsor forms are available from Blast Fitness on Brett Street.”
Festive Dippers are asked to meet no later than 9.45.am on the North Beach Promenade (below the Expanse Hotel) with a splashdown time of 10.am.
Two Boxing Day sea dips will take place this year; one in front of Richie’s Cafe on Bridlington South Beach and the other in the ‘ ropical’ waters of South Landing at Flamborough.
There is £1 entry fee for swimmers at the Bridlington event and they can also raise funds for their own charity if they wish. Swimmers are expected to take to the water at 11.am with entries taken until ten minutes before the swim.
Richard Preston from Richie’s is once again opening up the cafe and will be offering bacon sandwiches and hot drinks at a special price for brave water-babies.
Organiser Martin Jolly said: “ There will be a grand raffle and we would urge participants to wear fancy dress to brighten up the day. Funds raised from the entry fee, raffle and food and drinks proceeds will be given to the local cadet forces.”
At Flamborough, the annual dip is again in aid of the village playgroup, and is one of the main fundraising events for the group. The theme for fancy dress participants will be favourite story book characters.
Every year the annual dip has grown in support, with more intrepid swimmers turning out year on year.
William Traves, Committee Chairperson at the Pre-school and one of the organisers said: “ The dip will commence at 10.45am at South Landing with the fun and festivities moving into the village. Once in the village, spectators and dippers will be met by the junior and senior Longsword Dancers, this has fast become a Boxing Day tradition in Flamborough. It is expected the dancers will perform from noon with the grand finale in Dog and Duck Square at 3pm.
Sponsorship forms from the Pre-school or The old Tuck Shop, Flamborough well in advance. or contact: William Traves on 07581162381 or firstname.lastname@example.org