Fund-raisers take the plunge with Boxing Day dip at Spittal

Any festive excesses were washed away when about 50 people took part in the annual Boxing Day dip at Spittal.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28 December, 2017, 07:56
Boxing Day dip.

It was a cold but bright morning, in stark contrast to the heavy rain which fell for most of Christmas Day.

Even so, the churned up and murky waters of the North Sea were hardly an inviting sight.

Georgina Hill, Karin Graham and Colin Hardy fund-raising for Motor Neurone Disease Association at the Boxing Day dip in Spittal.

That did not deter participants though, with the vast majority taking a long run-up at the water and plunging straight in.

Some didn’t last long but a hardy few stayed in for five minutes or so before heading back to the beach and the warmth of a towel and hot drink.

The improved weather also attracted an excellent crowd of well-wishers and interested onlookers.

Many participants were raising money for charity, with bucket collections made on the promenade for the Mayor’s charity, Berwick Cancer Cars.

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Boxing Day dip at Spittal.

Local councillors Georgina Hill and Karin Graham joined Colin Hardy in raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. More than £700 has been raised so far.

Some people were also raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Berwick RNLI crew and HM Coastguard officers were also in attendance to ensure no-one got into any difficulty.

Georgina Hill, Karin Graham and Colin Hardy fund-raising for Motor Neurone Disease Association at the Boxing Day dip in Spittal.
Boxing Day dip at Spittal.