Christmas Day swim brings out the crowds

Photo by Richard Austin

A GLOOMY Christmas Day morning did nothing to deter spectators and swimmers at the annual fancy dress swim in Charmouth.

Crazy and colourful costumes were on display, while generous donations were made to the RNLI, which organises the annual event.

An estimated 300 people watched as dozens of swimmers – 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.

At least £1,500 was raised for the RNLI and the 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.

See the next issue of LymeOnline on January 4 for more photos from the Christmas Day swim

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