‘Elves and avocados’ take a chilly dip
PUBLISHED: 10:18 28 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:16 05 January 2016
Charmouth Christmas Day fancy dress swim raises more than £800 for RNLI
The annual Christmas Day swim at Charmouth beach saw volunteer crew from RNLI Lyme Regis ensuring the safety of a fascinating variety of costumed swimmers.
The seasonal elves and Santas were in attendance but the inventiveness of the bathers in their choice of attire showed no bounds with stormtroopers, avocados and clocks amongst the costumes.
Swimmers preparing for the annual Christmas Day fancy dress swim began arriving from 10am and were joined by volunteers from the RNLI with collecting buckets as well as members of the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew.
As they have done for many years the crew had put their own Christmas Day celebrations to one side for an hour or so to ensure everyone had a fun and safe time.
The crew donned their kit and entered the water shortly before the 11am start to form a protected area of the sea for the swimmers to enter. The wind and rain had clearly not dampened enthusiasm for this annual event. To signal the start s Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian rang his bell and the swimmers charged in to the sea for a quick dip
The crowds donated more than £800 to the RNLI in the collecting buckets being wielded by the volunteers. After all swimmers were safely back ashore Lyme Regis lifeboat helm Mark Colley said: “Another successful year here at Charmouth, it’s great fun for all the swimmers and good to see so many turn out every year. The lifeboat crew enjoy coming down every year to help and of course it’s a fun way to raise some money for the RNLI.”
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