Intrepid Lyme Lungers raise thousands for cancer charity

AROUND 600 intrepid Lyme Lungers took to the sea on New Year’s Day in the name of charity.

Lyme Lunge 2017

Not even the wind and rain could deter the hardy swimmers and an estimated 1,200 spectators who turned out to cheer them on.

The ninth annual Lyme Lunge, organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, took place on the sandy beach.

There was a range of fancy dress costumes, from mermaids and rubber ducks, to superheroes and pirates.

The Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew were on hand in the stormy waters keeping the swimmers safe.

So far, the event has raised over £2,500 for MacMillan Cancer Support, with more expected in the next few weeks.

A rotary club spokesman said: “Well done everyone involved. Thanks to our sponsors for their support, 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 Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, and friends of rotary who also helped enormously.

“It’s great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause.”