Braving the sea on New Year’s Day to raise cash

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Scarborough’s New Year’s Day dip is set to draw scores of brave fundraisers to South Bay on January 1.

The event, organised by Scarborough Lions Club, is one of the biggest events on the town’s fundraising calendar.

Each dipper can choose their own charity, which receives 75 per cent of their sponsor money, with 25 per cent going to local good causes supported by Scarborough Lions.

Organiser Alan Deacon said that last time they had an excellent turnout with nearly 80 dippers and that this time, they are hoping to hit the 100 mark.

He added: “All the information people will need is on the form, so we’re encouraging people to get involved and sign up in good time.”

Registration on the day starts from 10.30am at the Rowing Club bar area. Changing facilities are available, with many dippers donning fancy dress.

The registration desk will close at 12.15pm and dippers will be called onto the beach area to start.

Participants should all be assembled by 12.30pm with Scarborough’s mayor Cllr Andrew Backhouse attending to judge the fancy dress.

A winners’ presentation will take place for best male, best female and best group. A countdown will then take place before dippers take the plunge.

Alan said: “If people are coming down to watch the event and show their support, we would ask them to be there by noon at the latest.”