GET Christmas Day off to a refreshing start as one of the most popular festive events returns on December 25.
The Christmas Day Swim in Charmouth has been running for 45 years, raising funds for the RNLI.
This year’s event is, once again, expected to draw hundreds of spectators, as well as those brave enough to take a dip. Fancy dress is not compulsory but vicars, dinosaurs, and crusaders are expected to turn up for a splash in the sea at 11am.
The event is organised by the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild and regularly raises in the region of £2,000 for the life-saving charity.
Charmouth’s Royal Oak pub is supporting the swim as usual, and will be providing mulled wine for the courageous participants.
A spokesman for the organisers said: “If the weather co-operates we are hoping for the usual big turn out of those who just want to enjoy the spectacle and, of course, those brave enough to dip more than a toe in the chilly surf.”
Members of the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat will be keeping a watchful eye out during the event which will be subject to a risk assessment of conditions during the morning.
You can also blow away the cobwebs with a quick dip on New Year’s Day as the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis once again hosts its popular Lyme Lunge.
A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay is just the thing to lift your spirits the morning after, and this year will raise funds for the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Charity Appeal and other Rotary charities.
The event regularly attracts thousands of spectators, with an estimated 600 participants in January 2018.
For full details and sponsorship forms, search ‘Rotary Club of Lyme Regis’ on Facebook or ask any local Rotarian.