2020 New Year’s Day Dip
Shore Inn, Shore Road, East Wittering
Sign in at 10.30am – 11.30am.
12 Noon Dip
Wednesday, January 1
It’s the time of year again when people of all shapes, sizes and ages run into the freezing cold seas of the south coast in a bid to raise money for charity.
There are just two rules – all dippers must be in fancy dress and all must get really wet!
Organisers of the event, Birdham & Witterings Scout Group, ask for dippers to raise at least £25.
All monies raised will go to 1st Birdham & Witterings Scout Group.
Last year the funds collected were put towards the group’s much-needed ‘rebuilding fund’ to replace their well loved old building in Birdham. The balance supported the group’s annual running costs.
Angelique McGuigan and Sylvia Pyne, friends from Bracklesham, have been taking part in the Big Dip for the past five years.
After the dip last year, Angelique said: “We have done the big dip for the past five years on the trot. We put no thought into our fancy dress outfits this year, despite previous years spending months planning it.
“I came down to the beach and grabbed some seaweed and shells and even my trident. I had an old tiara left over from Christmas!”
Described as an inspiration by a member of the crowd, 66-year-old Norman Walsh, from Bracklesham, took part in the dip with his family despite using two crutches.
Even for those who do not take part, the event is a fantastic spectator sport and every year thousands of people gather along the beach to watch.
For more information, visit: 1stbirdham-witteringsscouts.org/