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Brave dippers take to the briny for charity

Changing Rooms star joins Boxing Day Dippers


    By Terry Bearpark  

CHRISTMAS Day for many means a big dinner, plenty to drink and a day in front of the TV and what better way to get rid of the festive blues than a frolic in the North Sea.

That’s what almost 50 brave people did when they took part in the annual Boxing Day Dip at Withernsea.

Organised by Withernsea and District Lions Club this year’s dip saw hundreds of spectators on the promenade watch the intrepid dippers take to the sea. Although the water temperature was a balmy six degrees centigrade there was a bitterly cold wind blowing down the beach which made it seem like a bleak winter’s day.

Whilst some went straight in and out many spent time in the water, swimming around or just having fun under the watchful eye of members of Withernsea Lifeboat crew and Withernsea Coastguard, who always provide safety cover for those taking part.

Most of the dippers were raising cash for their own particular charity or good cause whilst others did it for the Lions, who also held a bucket collection on the promenade.

Also taking part this year was TV celebrity Linda Barker, star of 60 Minute Makeover, Changing Rooms and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here. She seemed quite happy to stay in the water and took time to pose for photos with some of the lifeboat crew.

East Riding of Yorkshire Southeast Holderness Councillor Paul Whitehead also took to the water, raising cash for the Lions.

Fortunately, there were no incidents reported and after a rub down with a towel and a hot drink the dippers soon recovered from their soaking.

This year entrants were presented with a specially produced medal, declaring they did the Boxing Day Dip, by Lion President Lynn Evans who thanked those taking part. “The Lions have organised the Dip for many years and it is always gratifying to see so many giving up their time to raise cash for good causes in this way,” she said.

For more Boxing Day Dip photos, go to page 5.

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