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Clevedon New Year dip for brave swimmers

Many courageous swimmers braved the winter temperatures to take a dip in the Clevedon sea for the annual New Year’s Day Swim.

Dozens of members of the Middle Yeo Surf Lifesaving Club wore pantomime fancy dress, including Captain Hook and Snow White costumes and took a stroll from the Campbell’s Landing pub to the beach whilst singing songs. They were led by Channel swimmer Steve Price who was accompanying the songs with his banjo.

The swimmers encouraged the crowd who had come to watch the annual event to sing along with Auld Lang Syne and other festive songs.

The channel was warmer than previous years but still was only 6 degrees but that didn’t deter 80 year old Joyce Peters  who was the oldest swimmer taking part.

The cold swimmers were warmed up after their bracing swim with soup and rolls. The swimming club hosted the annual event in aid of the Clevedon Community Centre which needs money for vital repairs.

Swimmer Richard Hamilton- Janes, who was taking part in the New Year’s swim for the sixth year, said: “We were delighted at the turnout for this year’s event. The swim is always a great way to start the New Year.”

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