Lyme lungers raise more than £4,000
PUBLISHED: 11:30 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:30 05 January 2015
Hundreds turn out for the New Year Day swim despite wet and windy weather
Wet and windy weather again greeted swimmers who braved the chilly seas for the traditional Lyme Regis Lunge on New Year’s Day.
Despite the inclement conditions - which seem to dog the annual event - 320 ’crazy ‘lungers’ took part this year.
Following the parade of swimmers, in a variety of fancy dress costumes, the dash into the sea began, cheered on by more than 1,000 spectators.
The bathers were out after about five minutes and off for a very welcome cup of hot soup, courtesy of By the Bay Restaurant.
A spokesman for Lyme Regis Rotary Club, which organises the annual dip, said: “This year we were lucky to have a real bride and groom who were married the day before and brought their guests suitably adorned in wedding dresses.
“It was a tremendous success this year, despite the weather and certainly will be remembered as The Formidable Lyme Lunge to commemorate of the sinking of HMS Formidable in Lyme Bay 100 years ago.
“Over £4,000 was raised for this year’s charity, Help for Heroes, with some sponsorship money still to come.
“The Lyme Regis Rotary Club would like to thank all the sponsors including some local businesses, the local RNLI crew, who seemed to enjoy their swim, the mayor Sally Holman and town crier Alan Vian who acted as MC again, the St John Ambulance, By the Bay Restaurant for providing the hot soup, Pasty Presto for providing pasties for the helpers and Jim Moseley and all the Rotarians and volunteers, without whose help the event would not have been so successful.”