Porthcawl Christmas Swim 2014: Record crowds turn out for 50th anniversary


 

A record 1,500 people turned out to the 50th annual Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim.

Organiser Ian Stroud said the number of participants was excellent.

“The conditions were perfect, it was a beautiful sunny day and the tide was halfway down the beach,” he said.

Participants were encouraged to dress as Vikings or clowns in memory of two former swimmers.

“Lots of people got into the spirit of fancy dress. There were swimmers of all ages and there kids going in with their parents. It was a really great morning.”

Two of the swimmers, Vic Davies and Chris Hughes, both from Porthcawl, clocked up a milestone, being the only two participants to have taken part in every previous event.

Vic, 80, was also the oldest participant during the swim.

“The sun was out, everyone was happy and it was a brilliant morning,” he said.

“You couldn’t see the beach for all the people. It felt great to have swam for the 50th time.”

Money raised during the swim will be donated to children’s charity Ty Hafan and Bridgend-based Sandville Self Help as well as other local groups.

“The people out with the collection buckets have told me everyone was very generous this year,” Ian said.

“We won’t know the final total of money raised until be count it all up in a few days.”

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