Bumper crowds cheer on the crazy Lyme Lungers
PUBLISHED: 16:02 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:07 11 January 2018
More than 600 swimmers take part in the annual fancy dress splash for cash
An estimated 2,500 people packed the seafront at Lyme Regis to watch the 10th annual Lyme Lunge on New Year’s Day.
Upwards of 600 crazy swimmers in fancy dress laughed and squealed as they raced into the sea, ably protected by the town’s indomitable Lyme Regis Lifeboat Crew, with St John’s Ambulance standing by in case of injury.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, this year’s chief beneficiary of the lunge is Shelterbox, the Cornwall based disaster relief charity founded by Rotary which does so much good work around the world. Around £2,500 has been raised so far.
A spokesman for Lyme Regis Rotary said: “Well done everyone involved, it was such a happy family event in brilliant sunshine. Thanks to our sponsors for their support, The Harbour Inn, for tasty hot soup for all swimmers, the town crier for immense help and for leading the parade, Lifeboat Crew for safety in the water, Lyme Regis Sailing Club, St John’s Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, and friends of Rotary who also helped enormously.
“It’s great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause.”