Flamborough dippers have splashing time

Flamborough's Boxing Day dippers at South Landing.
Flamborough's Boxing Day dippers at South Landing.

OVER 30 people braced themselves against the cold waters of the North Sea for a charity swim on Boxing Day.

At 11am the crowd of swimmers took the plunge at Flamborough South Landing in aid of Flamborough Pre-school and raised approximately £1,000.

Enjoying a growth in popularity, the dip was the fourth annual event, and a crowd of 200 supporters turned out on the chilly morning to cheer on the swimmers.

This year the Flamborough Longsword Dancers also got on board and backed the dippers, before returning to the village for their annual Boxing Day tradition of performing outside each pub for charity.

Helen Broadley the committee chairperson at the pre-school and one of the organisers of the event said: “Our aim was for Boxing Day to be a day that local people really looked forward to, full of lots of community activity and traditions.

“I think that we achieved this aim, there was a great community spirit and atmosphere.

“I would like to thank all our dippers and spectators and the Longsword Dancers for helping make this our best event yet, and to Mark Smales for taking the photographs.

“Thank you also to Flamborough RNLI Lifeboat crew for opening up the station and offering back up support.”

Franco Villani, one of the organisers of Flamborough’s Boxing Day dip said: “There were over 200 people who came out and watched and for a village the size of Flamborough I think that’s great.

“It is the fourth year the dip has been on and it has got bigger and better every year. It is now a Flamborough tradition and the people of the village should be proud of themselves. It is raising money for the young people of the village.”