Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017

Lifeboats News Release

Newbiggin RNLI held another successful Boxing Day Dip today.

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017

Hundreds of competitors braved the chilly North Sea to enjoy the annual Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip which was blessed with wall to wall sunshine and blue skies.

The large crowds on the beach and the many hardy souls who braved the sea were up on last year's count thanks to this established tradition of Boxing Day which was begun during the 1980's by the Ashington Lions.

The event was organised by Newbiggin lifeboat station and has raised so far over £1000 in donations for the RNLI realised through generous support via sponsorship together with donations. The Ladies Fundraising Team had a busy morning providing refreshments that were served during the morning in the lifeboat station. Meanwhile on the beach Newbiggin's lifeboat volunteers along with the local Coastguard teams from Newbiggin and Blyth marshalled and controlled the event on the beach with the lifeboat at sea providing seaward safety cover. Apart from money raised for the RNLI a multitude of other charities were represented at the event and they will benefit from considerable support also.

Almost 200 dippers took part at around 11.00am as they sprinted into the chilly sea watched by hundreds of spectators on the beach and promenade. After a few minutes in the sea the dippers all eventually retreated and reflected on their successes.

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email nicola_quinn@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website


A series of images taken at this year's Boxing Day Dip

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017
A series of images taken at this year's Boxing Day Dip

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017
A series of images taken at this year's Boxing Day Dip

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017
A series of images taken at this year's Boxing Day Dip

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017
A series of images taken at this year's Boxing Day Dip

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017
A series of images taken at this year's Boxing Day Dip

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2017

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