Charmouth Christmas Day swim brings out the crowds

PUBLISHED: 08:43 27 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 03 January 2019

Christmas Day swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Christmas Day swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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Generous crowds splash out to raise around £1,500 for the RNLI at the annual swim

Christmas Day swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINChristmas Day swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

A gloomy Christmas Day morning did nothing to deter spectators and swimmers from attending the annual fancy dress swim at Charmouth.

An estimated 300 people watched as dozens of swimmers - many wearing colourful and crazy costumes including Santas, skeletons, elves and vicars among them – charged into the chilly waves as Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian announced the start of the popular event held to raise money for the RNLI.

Fancy dress swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINFancy dress swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

At least £1,500 was collected for the lifeboats charity, and the colourful event was supported by the landlords of Charmouth’s Royal Oak pub, Matthew and Sue Bracey, who supplied warming mulled wine for the courageous swimmers.

Fancy dress swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINFancy dress swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Fancy dress swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINFancy dress swimmers at Charmouth. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

The Lyme Regis lifeboat crew with Spiderman. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINThe Lyme Regis lifeboat crew with Spiderman. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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