It was cheers all-round for Bridlington woman Janet Connelly at the latest meeting of the town’s full council.
Mrs Connelly was awarded the second annual Town Council Honourary Citizen’s Award, in recognition of her and her family’s 48 years of organising the Christmas Day Dip.
Opening the meeting, mayor councillor Shelagh Finlay said: “Mrs Janet Connelly was nominated for the work that the late Warwick Connelly did with the Christmas Day dip and how the family had continued his wonderful work to complete the 48th year, was more than worthy of this award. Mrs Connelly is an amazing asset to Bridlington and a very deserving winner of the second Bridlington Town Council Honourary Citizen award.”
The event proved an emotional one for Janet, who said she accepted the award on behalf of her late husband Warwick.
She said: “I was extremely emotional when I was told by the Council I was to receive it. Myself and the family are overjoyed.
“We have carried on for seven years since Warwick died and now we feel that we have ran it for long enough. I couldn’t tell you how much we have raised over the years in total, but this year we managed to raise over £7,000.
Although Mrs Connelly will no longer be involved in the organisation of Christmas dips to come, she remains confident that Blast Fitness instructor Steve Tighe will continue the popular tradition.
Jannet added: “I am delighted Steve is going to keep it going. The last dip was a bitter sweet occasion for us but it is time we gave it a rest.”