Lyme Lunge raises over £2,500
Visitors flocked to Lyme Regis on New Year's Day to watch the duck race in aid of the Christmas lights' fund, followed by the Lyme Lunge.
An estimated 1500 spectators watched as nearly 400 crazy swimmers in fancy dress laughed and squealed as they raced into the waves, ably protected from harming themselves in the stormy waters by the town's indomitable RNLI lifeboat crew.
By 1.20pm the beach was clear again, just as if nothing had taken place there.
But it had.
Organisers, Lyme Regis Rotary Club, said over £2,500 has been raised to date, with an expectation of considerable additional monies coming in from promised sponsorship and Rotary match funding.
A rotary club spokesperson said: "Well done everyone involved. Thanks to our sponsors for their support (see our website and Facebook for details), By the Bay for tasty hot soup for all swimmers, town crier for immense help and for leading the parade, lifeboat crew for safety in the water, St John’s Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Owen Lovell (who hastily turned down a late invitation to lunge), friends of Rotary who also helped enormously.
"Particular thanks to Rotarian Jim Moseley whose organisation of the event once again proved excellent. No fuss, it just happens, its great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause."