Swimmers plunge into sea for New Year’s Day Dip at Scarborough

York Press: Two swimmers, one dressed as a witch, brave the freezing water at Scarborough.  Pictures: Tony  Bartholomew Two swimmers, one dressed as a witch, brave the freezing water at Scarborough. Pictures: Tony Bartholomew

HARDY swimmers donned bikinis, nun’s habits and onesies before plunging into the icy sea at Scarborough for the annual New Year’s Day Dip.

The freezing water and miserable weather failed to deter the resort’s swimmers from descending on South Bay. Many donned fancy dress while others opted for swimwear.

The event, now in its 22nd year, attracts scores of participants and spectators who see it as the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs or to raise funds for charity.

Among them was 14-year-old Henry Simpson-Lucas, of Nether Poppleton, who is raising funds towards a school charity trip to Romania.

Henry wore a Santa outfit and is hoping to raise up to £800 to meet the costs of travelling with more than 20 fellow pupils at Manor CE Academy to the eastern European country, where they intend to carry out work at an orphanage.

Henry said anyone else willing to sponsor him could phone 01904 783477.

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11:12am Thu 2 Jan 14

Grumpy Old Man says...

It was well above freezing at Scarborough yesterday. The swimmers may have found it cold but describing the sea as 'icy' was just another example of poor Press journalism. If you can't describe a situation accurately then don't bother describing it at all. The sea might have been 'chilling', 'numbing' even 'shockingly cold' but it was not ICY!
It was well above freezing at Scarborough yesterday. The swimmers may have found it cold but describing the sea as 'icy' was just another example of poor Press journalism. If you can't describe a situation accurately then don't bother describing it at all. The sea might have been 'chilling', 'numbing' even 'shockingly cold' but it was not ICY! Grumpy Old Man

12:39pm Thu 2 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
It was well above freezing at Scarborough yesterday. The swimmers may have found it cold but describing the sea as 'icy' was just another example of poor Press journalism. If you can't describe a situation accurately then don't bother describing it at all. The sea might have been 'chilling', 'numbing' even 'shockingly cold' but it was not ICY!
You should have been dragged in,that would have been good Press journalism.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: It was well above freezing at Scarborough yesterday. The swimmers may have found it cold but describing the sea as 'icy' was just another example of poor Press journalism. If you can't describe a situation accurately then don't bother describing it at all. The sea might have been 'chilling', 'numbing' even 'shockingly cold' but it was not ICY![/p][/quote]You should have been dragged in,that would have been good Press journalism. CHISSY1

2:23pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
It was well above freezing at Scarborough yesterday. The swimmers may have found it cold but describing the sea as 'icy' was just another example of poor Press journalism. If you can't describe a situation accurately then don't bother describing it at all. The sea might have been 'chilling', 'numbing' even 'shockingly cold' but it was not ICY!
Bit picky...

Well done all who raised money for charity!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: It was well above freezing at Scarborough yesterday. The swimmers may have found it cold but describing the sea as 'icy' was just another example of poor Press journalism. If you can't describe a situation accurately then don't bother describing it at all. The sea might have been 'chilling', 'numbing' even 'shockingly cold' but it was not ICY![/p][/quote]Bit picky... Well done all who raised money for charity! Big Bad Wolf

1:52am Fri 3 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

attracts scores of participants and spectators who see it as the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs

Well if 'blowing away the cobwebs' equates to you ending up speaking in a high pitch for a month because you man parts have run away, then yes.
[quote]attracts scores of participants and spectators who see it as the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs[/quote] Well if 'blowing away the cobwebs' equates to you ending up speaking in a high pitch for a month because you man parts have run away, then yes. Magicman!

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