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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Boxing Day Dip:

I hope everyone is still enjoying their Christmas. On Boxing Day (26th December) my family and I took our annual trip to Marske beach for the Boxing Day Dip, so I thought I'd take a break from all the Christmas stuff to briefly share my experience of it. The Boxing Day Dip, or “The Dip” as my family call it, is a charity event where people, sometimes in fancy dress, swim in the sea on Boxing Day. There are many of such events held all around the country, with thousands and possibly millions raised for charity each year. The biggest dip in the country is organised by the Lions Club of Sunderland, with thousands in attendance.

This year The Dip at Marske was attended by hundreds of participants and spectators, which is quite impressive, especially for a small town with a much larger competing event just a few miles down the road in Redcar. Just before the claxon sounded, signalling for the participants to take the dip, the bonfire was lit to warm everyone involved, which was welcomed by all especially because of the freezing conditions with snow still on the ground, as you may be able to see from the photos.

The participants took the dip, probably slightly quicker than usual, although I did overhear one guy claiming that the sea was “warmer than usual” which I find quite hard to believe! Whilst taking my photos I noticed this dead fish on the beach. I’m not sure what type of fish it is, so hopefully someone will be able to enlighten me. If you have a Boxing Day Dip nearby I’d encourage you to incorporate it into your Christmas traditions, because it does really help you to recover from the exertions of the previous day.


Anonymous Greg English said...
I believe the fish is a Ray's Bream.
1 January 2010 at 15:07  
Blogger Matthew Lawrence said...
Thanks Greg!
1 January 2010 at 18:51  

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