14 Photos show Boxing Day dippers making a dash into the Northumberland sea

Two hundred hardy souls made the brave sprint into the sea as they joined in the Boxing Day traditional dip at Newbiggin.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 3:16 pm
The RNLI has sent its thanks to all those who showed its support to the Boxing Day dip at Newbiggin.

More than 1,000 spectators looked on as this year’s dipper-count exceeded the 2018 event, with the annual celebration a favourite in the county’s calendar after it was set up in the 1980s by Ashington Lions.

Many wore fancy dress outfits for the 11am splash, which was organised by Newbiggin RNLI Lifeboat Station.

It will benefit from a windfall of more than £1,330 in donations from the session, with some of the funds coming to it through sponsorship, with the ladies’ fundraising team supporting it by offering refreshments from the lifeboat station.

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This year's Boxing Day dip at Newbiggin has given the RNLI and lots of other charities a cash boost.

Its volunteers were on the beach to offer support, along with Coastguard teams from the town and Blyth helped marshal and control the crowd, while the RNLI crew’s own boat and another from Blyth was out at sea to provide cover from the water.

Richard Marton, a member of the RNLI volunteer team, said the dippers had faced poor weather, including strong winds and rough seas.

He added: “Apart from money raised for the RNLI, a multitude of other charities were represented at the event and they will benefit from considerable support also.

“On behalf of Newbiggin Lifeboat Station can I pass on my thanks for everyone who made this event such a success and we look forward to welcoming you again next year.”

The RNLI said the conditions were rough and windy, with the volunteer team delighted with the support the event was given once again.
The Christmas cheer continued as dippers pulled on their festive outfits for the dash into the sea.
As well as the RNLI, many other charities will benefit from funds raised through the event - including the Great North Air Ambulance thanks to these brave souls.
Another of the good causes to be supported through dippers' sponsorship was the Brain Tumour Charity.
The RNLI's volunteers were out in force for the event, with the Coastguard also lending its support to the day.
Lots of friends gathered together to join in the tradition.
After the initial cold shock, people had a mess around in the waves before getting out to warm up.
The RNLI was delighted to see so many people turn out to watch.
The RNLI's boat kept a lookout from the sea as scores of people went into the water.
The conditions meant brave dippers faced winds and waves as well as the bitter sea.
This team put a lot of effort into their eye-catching look for the dip.
The crowd gathered on the sand, ready for the 11am signal to start off the dip.
A member of the RNLI's volunteer team keeps a close eye on the crowd as they hit the water.