PICTURES: Taking a festive dip

This year’s Help For Heroes dip has been hailed a huge success after everyone from Spiderman to the mayor took the South Beach by storm.

More than 40 intrepid ‘dippers’ turned up at the event, organised by Cllr Liam Dealtry in aid of Bridlington Veterans at Alderson House as well as the newly launched Bridlington Sea Cadets.

Dip for Heroes on Bridlington South Beach on Christmas Day PA1552-1t

Dip for Heroes on Bridlington South Beach on Christmas Day PA1552-1t

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Cllr Dealtry, a former member of the Royal Pioneer Corps.

“We have raised £420 for the two groups which is really excellent.”

The chilly dippers met at South Beach near Richie’s Café before taking the plunge at 10am.

Cllr Dealtry added: “They did it last year and they did it this year again - Richie’s gave everyone a free bacon sandwich and a cup of tea after the dip, so a big thank you to them.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part as well as Dave Standaloft, the branch chairman of the Royal British Legion.”

Bridlington Mayor, Cllr John Copsey, also took part in the bracing plunge, predictably describing it as “freezing!”

Free Press photographer Paul Atkinson went along to capture the event.

Meanwhile, North Beach played host to a number of crazy costumes on Christmas morning as more than 60 dippers took to the sea for charity.

It was the first time Blast Fitness had hosted the event after taking over from the Connelly family who started the event 49 years ago and organisers are “chuffed” with how proceedings went.

“We are over the moon,” said Mel Halstead, organiser of the event. “We are estimating around £2,000 which we are very happy with. It goes to show that the kind people of Bridlington will come out and support great, local causes.”

All money made will go towards Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Group B Strep Support and Leah Coleman for her trip to Florida.

Next year sees the 50th anniversary of the event, an occasion Blast are hoping to mark in style.

Mel said: “We’re going to have to make sure it is an event to remember. The possibility of having a fly-over from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance would be fantastic.

“We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who got involved this year, if that be dippers, people who donated or spectated. The RNLI were fantastic in the safety aspect of things. It was great to see the mayor down to join us for a dip too and we’d like to thank Janet Connolly for trusting us with the event and we hope we have done your family proud.”

Fundraisers have until 31 January to collect their sponsorship money which is to be handed into the Blast Fitness Gym.

And pirates descended on South Landing beach on Boxing Day to help raise around £1,500 worth of treasure for the Flamborough Pre-School.

Despite the poor weather, more than 20 dippers and 50 supporters turned out for the Pirates of the Carribbean themed event with the 
money raised being used to update ICT equipment.

Following the dip, the Boxing Day traditions continued in the village where the Longsword Dancers performed during their village displays including Flamborough and Bempton.

Carrie-Ann Taylor, Committee Chairperson at the Pre-school, said: “Each year the event has grown in popularity and we are delighted that it has now become part of the festive calendar.

“Many thanks for the continued support of the Longsword dancers, Taff, Sam and the Ship Hotel Flamborough and of course all our dippers and spectators for helping to raise the money for a great cause.”