'Boxing Day' dip tradition going strong despite the weather

Having fun! Boxing Day dippers at Whitley Bay and Newbiggin. Image from Journallive.co.uk

Having fun! Boxing Day dippers at Whitley Bay and Newbiggin. Image from Journallive.co.uk

Given how cold it was over the festive season, it’s frankly amazing that anyone stripped off for a splash in the sea this Christmas. But hats (or should that be swimming caps) off to all those who braved the icier than normal weather for the traditional ‘Boxing Day’ dip.

In Clevedon, Somerset, 78 year old Joyce Peters told This is Somerset that she felt ‘euphoric’ after the annual New Years Day swim dressed in Victorian costume, despite the chilling 3 degree centigrade water at the Marine Lake.

A regular swimmer at the salt water lake, she exclaimed: “It gets your hands and feet first. A lot of the youngsters wear special gloves, but I don’t. Just a swimsuit, not a wetsuit.”

“It’s a euphoric feeling although very cold,” she added.

Even those in the North East braved the icy North Sea. Scores turned out for the traditional Boxing Day plunge at Seaburn, in Sunderland, while 100 took part in the swim in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. Many wore charity T-shirts and fancy dress and the bravest stripped down to their shorts as they jumped into the water!

Wikipedia – Boxing Day dip