Taking a New Year’s Dip in Sheringham
On New Year’s Day, 313 hardy souls took to the water to support the RNLI.
They braved the elements, not to mention the chilly North Sea, for the Annual New Year’s Day Dip, for the benefit of the RNLI, watched by a huge crowd of people gathered on the promenade near what is locally called “The Tank”. Last year’s total of 143 was well and truly beaten.
The event was organised by Liam Cooper and Chris Taylor, crewmen at the Sheringham RNLI Station and involved many local organisations to whom the lifeboat station is most grateful.
Being organised by the foregoing Liam and Chris, not surprisingly, many other Sheringham RNLI members became involved.
Help also came from the Sheringham Coastguards who were on hand to ensure that all participants were kept safe, albeit that they returned to the beach a little colder than when they entered the water. As a result of this chill factor Bob Brewster and his staff at The Crown Inn plied all 313 participants with hot toddies.
A huge thank you must go to the Town’s Carnival Committee who provided the necessary insurances in order to stage the event as well as being involved in assisting on the day, making sure that all dippers were booked in and checked out.
This is another fantastic example of how the Sheringham RNLI bring the folk of Sheringham together in order to make things happen in the town and make them proud to belong to such a strong community.
Of course, the dippers do it because they are crazy and extrovert people (as the photos prove), which encourages the shyer people of the town, the district and visitors to put their hands in their purses and pockets -which resulted in a tidy bucket collection for the benefit of the RNLI to the tune of £1557.84 for which the lifeboat station is most grateful.
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