Another record-breaking Christmas Swim at Porthcawl

Thursday, 28 December 2017

By GEM Staff Reporter
in Local People

The 53rd Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim brought the highest number of swimmers yet, with 1,200 registered swimmers.

The day was chilly with a fresh wind blowing but that didn’t put anyone off and there was lots of Christmas spirit and goodwill for the traditional chilly dip in the Bristol Channel.

A spokesperson for the organisers said:?“With the tide only just on its way out, there wasn’t too far to walk or run down the beach to the sea for the Christmas morning dip at Sandy Bay, Porthcawl.

“The swimmers were supported and cheered on by approximately 2,500 spectators.

“At 11:45am, the Mayor of Porthcawl, Cllr Lorrie Desmond-Williams and Porthcawl Coastguards signalled the start of the parade and cleared a path through the spectators down the beach for the swimmers.

“Many were in fancy dress as they walked through the spectators from the Hi-Tide Inn to the sea. Spectators cheered and gave their full support to all those taking part.”

The spokesperson continued:?“We were delighted with the fantastic turn out. The swim is a great family event with many generations of the same family taking to the sea.

“Many followed the organisers theme and dressed as Father Christmas in memory of one of our founder members and original ‘Swim Father Christmas’ Jack Bridge, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

“The atmosphere all around the swimmers is very special and hard to explain. I look forward each year to meeting old friends, many who I only see perhaps at the ‘Swim’ and we exchange Christmas greeting, some times up to our waist in the sea!”

Swim chairman, Dave King commented: “Once again we have been grateful to all who supported our swim and the number of people who turned up was fantastic.

“Collections are made during the swim and we hope the bucket collections and swimmers sponsorship will help us to make some generous donations in the New Year. Our main beneficiary this year is Macmillan Cancer Support and we will also help many other local charities and organisations.

“As a small committee we are delighted at the way we have been supported once again this year. I would like to thank all swimmers and spectators.

“However, as with so many events, the Swim wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteers, sponsors and fellow ‘Buckaneers’. In particular, our thanks go to our 2 main sponsors, Porthcawl Surf School – who sponsored the mugs that every swimmer is presented with on the morning – and Swim Co – who sponsor our website.”

Photographs by Glyn Evans.

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