Good causes share in Christmas Dip record cash

Bridlington Christmas Day Charity Dippers - Janet Connelly, Ruby Miller (Grand daughter) Zoe Miller (daughter) scarf Mandy McBride (daughter) - Present a Cheque for �1,500 to Terry stubbins chairman of The Bridlington Old Town Assn.

Bridlington Christmas Day Charity Dippers - Janet Connelly, Ruby Miller (Grand daughter) Zoe Miller (daughter) scarf Mandy McBride (daughter) - Present a Cheque for �1,500 to Terry stubbins chairman of The Bridlington Old Town Assn.

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The grand total last year’s Christmas Day Dip is £7,443.

Organiser Janet Connelly said she was delighted that the final Dip she and her family will be organising after 48 years was such a record breaking success, helped hugely by a £5,000 donation by a local businessman who wants to remain anonymous.

“I really want to thank all those who took part in this, our last event, which has been going since my late husband Warwick started it off in 1966. It is a wonderful event with such a great atmosphere and the family will miss it,” she said.

Over the years hundreds of good causes have benefitted from the annual plunge into the sea on North Beach on Christmas Day morning.

Last year’s main recipients include the renal unit at Scarborough Hospital, Bridlington Lifeboat, The Hinge Centre, Bridlington and the Old Town Association. 1st Bridlington Scouts, Burlington Jackdaws football team and a number of local families will also benefit.

There are hopes the Christmas Day Dip will remain a regular fixture in Bridlington’s Christmas calendar and be taken on by a Bridlington businessman who has shown interest in keeping the tradition alive.