New Year’s Day dip attracts crowds

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. .Cat Tully enjoys a refreshig dip.pic Richard Ponter 160101f
The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. .Cat Tully enjoys a refreshig dip.pic Richard Ponter 160101f

Thousands of people flocked to Scarborough’s South Bay for the traditional New Year’s Day Dip.

The Scarborough Lions event attracts around 100 entrants each year and is a highlight of the town’s festive calendar. 

The dip, which took place on the beach near the lifeboat house, opposite Scarborough Rowing Club, is now into its 22nd year. 

Organiser Alan Deacon said: “Normally we have around 80 to 100 dippers and crowd wise we have two, possibly three thousand.

“It has been developing gently over the years.

“It’s not for everyone on New Year’s Day but the brave hearts are gathering together and its not just people of Scarborough doing this – dippers come from all over.”

Everyone who wants to take part must fill in a registration form, either in advance or on the day. 

New town crier David Birdsall took up the role which had been fulfilled by Alan Booth for years and led people in the countdown before dippers plunged into the cold North Sea. 


The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach.All smiles despite the cold..pic Richard Ponter 160101e

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach.All smiles despite the cold..pic Richard Ponter 160101e

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Revellers  having fun in the cold North Sea.pic Richard Ponter 160101d

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Revellers having fun in the cold North Sea.pic Richard Ponter 160101d

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Bay Watch comes to Scarborough's coast.pic Richard Ponter 160101c

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Bay Watch comes to Scarborough's coast.pic Richard Ponter 160101c

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Racing towards the sea.pic Richard Ponter 160101b

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Racing towards the sea.pic Richard Ponter 160101b

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Revellers  having fun in the cold North Sea.pic Richard Ponter 160101a

The Scarborough New Years Day dip gets underway on South Bay beach. Revellers having fun in the cold North Sea.pic Richard Ponter 160101a