New Year's Day dip on Northumberland coast raises charity cash

Picture by Terry Collinson
Picture by Terry Collinson

The 2016 Alnmouth New Year's Day Dip was a great success with around 70 brave and hardy souls taking part, many in fancy dress.

This is more than double the number which took part last year. The event, organised by the village's Puffin Stores and Post Office, raises money for a number of good causes. One of the swimmers raised nearly £400 for the Amble lifeboat and two others nearly £600 for the Hindmarsh Hall.

Picture by Terry Collinson

Picture by Terry Collinson

Prior to the event, Alnmouth postmaster Nick Mattlock said: "Last year, we had more than 30 people jump in the sea supported by 200 onlookers and we raised about £600 for various good causes in the process. It's not a requirement to raise money, and there’s no particular charity that we want people to support, so if you want to join in just for fun, you're welcome.

"The staff of Alnmouth Post Office will be going in the sea dressed as bananas to raise repair funds to keep our village hall open in the coming year – it needs a new floor. Alnmouth has lost a few community spaces to development in the past couple of years and should anything happen to the Hindmarsh Hall, it would be a devastating blow for the community and the many societies and activities that now rely on the village hall."

The New Year's Day Dip is now yet another established event in the Alnmouth calendar, which includes the arts festival and raft race among others.

Picture by Terry Collinson

Picture by Terry Collinson

Picture by Terry Collinson

Picture by Terry Collinson

Alnmouth's Robin Winder in banana outfit. Picture by Terry Collinson

Alnmouth's Robin Winder in banana outfit. Picture by Terry Collinson

Organiser Nick Mattlock from the Puffin Stores with fellow swimmer Simone Neri. Picture by Terry Collinson

Organiser Nick Mattlock from the Puffin Stores with fellow swimmer Simone Neri. Picture by Terry Collinson

Alnmouth's David Denton. Picture by Terry Collinson

Alnmouth's David Denton. Picture by Terry Collinson