Storm Frank fails to halt Lyme Lunge

PUBLISHED: 09:45 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:36 08 January 2016

Lyme lungers who braved the rain for a new year's day dip in the chilly sea Picture  by John McCallum

Lyme lungers who braved the rain for a new year's day dip in the chilly sea Picture by John McCallum

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Swimmers turn out in force despite the squally weather

Lyme lungers in actionLyme lungers in action

Storm Frank and its follower squalls failed to deter intrepid swimmers who turned out in force to take part in the Lyme Lunge on new year’s day.

An estimated 1,500 spectators watched as nearly 400 crazy bather in fancy dress laughed and squealed as they raced into the waves, ably protected from coming to grief in the stormy waters by members of the local lifeboat crew.

Organised by the town’s Rotary Club the event raised more than £2,500 with more money to come. A spokesman said: “Well done everyone involved. Thanks to our sponsors for their support , By the Bay for tasty hot soup for all swimmers, town crier Alan Vian for immense help and for leading the parade, lifeboat crew for safety in the water, St John’s Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Owen Lovell and friends of Rotary who also helped enormously.

“Particular thanks to Rotarian Jim Moseley whose organisation of the event once again proved excellent. No fuss, it just happens, it’s great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause.”

Lyme lungers in actionLyme lungers in action

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