Janet’s first ‘normal’ Christmas

Bridlington Town Council presented two awards at there meeting at the resorce centre Bridlington'NBFP PA1512-14a'Honorary Citizen Award to Janet Connelly by the Mayor Shelagh Finlay

Bridlington Town Council presented two awards at there meeting at the resorce centre Bridlington'NBFP PA1512-14a'Honorary Citizen Award to Janet Connelly by the Mayor Shelagh Finlay

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A popular event organiser said she has mixed feelings over giving up her role as organiser of the town’s annual Christmas dip.

Janet Conelly, of Woburn Close, has set up the event for 51 years but is now drawing a close to her involvement.

She said: “We first did it in 1964 and we have no idea how much money we have raised over the years.

“On average we raise around £2,000 to £3,000 a year. Last year we raised £8,000 after a single donation of £5,000.”

The dip has always proved a hugely popular event in Bridlington and regularly attracts more than 100 participants.

Janet’s dedication to the charitable event means that she has not has a Christmas Day at home for the past 48 years.

But following the death of her husband, Warwick, eight years ago, Janet said she 
wants someone else to carry on her role.

She added: “We have done it every year and I thought now, without Warwick, it’s not the same.

“We felt that we wanted a normal Christmas day.

“Steve Tighe and Mel Halstead from Blast Fitness got in touch with me. I’m really pleased and happy that someone will be taking over.”

Though Janet will no longer be co-ordinating the dip, she said it was a decision she made with heavy heart.

She added: “We will miss seeing so many of our friends on Christmas morning at the dip, so we would like to wish them all a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

“We wish the new organisers Mel and Steve good luck and are delighted that the Christmas day dip will continue.”

The event will take place near the Expanse Hotel where ‘chilly dippers’ will meet at 9.45am, 15 minutes prior to taking the plunge.

All money raised from the dip will go towards charitable causes including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

If you wish to take part you can collect a sponsorship form from the Blast Fitness Gym, Bronze Tanning Studio and Marine Bar at North Marine Drive.