Bridlington’s traditional Christmas morning plunge into the freezing sea off North Beach was even bigger than ever.
Already the long running annual event is well on the way to raising around £2,000 for good causes after more than 60 fancy dress clad dippers charged down the beach in front of the Expase Hotel to plunge into the icy waters. They were cheered on by hundreds of onlookers on the shore and in North Marine Drive.
Janet Connelly, whose family have continued the annual tradition started more than 40 years ago by her late husband Warwick, said: “It was absolutely massive this year. There were a lot of people taking part that I did not know, including a lot of younger people which is good because I am sure they will help keep the event going in future years.”
Organisers raised £460 in a collection on the beach and already sponsorship and other donations have taken the total to over £900, well on the way to the usual figure of around £2,000. This year the proceeds are being split between the Multiple Sclerosis charity and the First Bridlington Scouts.
Sponsorship money should be taken to Gallery Hair in Hilderthorpe Road, or people can contact Janet on 01262 670071 to arrange collection.