A RECORD number of both participants and spectators turned out for the annual Lyme Lunge on New Year’s Day.
The seafront was packed for the fundraising event, organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis.
Some 600 swimmers dashed into the sea for a refreshing dip on Lyme Regis beach, watched by huge crowds estimated at about 6,000.
The event started with swimmers parading around the beach to show off their fancy dress costumes, led by town crier Alan Vian and president of the Rotary Club, Peter Fortnam, dressed as Donald Trump.
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, then officially started the Lunge, with swimmers sprinting across the sand and splashing into the sea.
Collections on the day raised £2,834.89 for the Rotary’s chosen charity – the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal – with sponsorship still to be collected.