Get set to take the plunge on New Year’s Day

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Daring dippers are being encouraged to sign up for the Scarborough Lions’ News Year’s Day dip.

The ever-popular event takes place in South Bay near the lifeboat house on January 1.

Organiser Alan Deacon said: “We’re well under way with the plans. We’ve got the sponsor forms out with registration forms and posters.

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

He added: “We had an excellent year this year with nearly 80 dippers. It would be great to hit 100 next year.”

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.

“All timings are approximate and we encourage everyone to get there in good time, or they could miss it.”

He also explained that all dippers can choose their own charity to support, with 75 per cent of their sponsorship going to their chosen charity and 25 per cent to Scarborough Lions charities.

There will also be a bucket collection on the day, with all the proceeds going towards local good causes.

If you would like to take part, pick up an entry from the Scarborough News office in Aberdeen Walk, Tourist Information Offices and the Crown Tavern pub in Falsgrave.

You can also email aldeacon2004@yahoo.co.uk for a form or for more details.