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New Year's Day Dip Returns To Scarborough Tomorrow

New Year's Day Dip Returns To Scarborough Tomorrow

Published by Karen Liu at 7:01am 31st December 2019.

Tomorrow sees the traditional New Year's Day dip in Scarborough.

It has been going for over 20 years, and more than a hundred people are expected to take part.

It is to raise sponsorship money for charity, a quarter of which goes to the Scarborough Lions.

Its Vice-President, Rob Hunter, said:

"We have collections at Christmas, we have the New Year's Day dip, we have collections are Easter and fundraising events going throughout the year; and all the money that comes in, goes back into the local community.

We don't use any, we pay all our own expenses so every single penny that comes in, ends up somewhere in the local community again."

The club's expecting people from all over Yorkshire, Humberside, Tyneside and more to participate in the event.

Rob explains why people decide to come to Scarborough to do the dip:

"I think it's actually probably the challenge; because really what we're asking them to do is get sponsored to dive into the coldest sea; probably short of the Arctic ocean in the whole of the world, and get wet and cold and get paid for it to help charities."

Anyone who is interested in taking part can get a sponsorship form and an entry form in a variety of ways:-

On the Scarborough Lions Club Facebook page here:

They can be emailed to you by contacting President Alan Deacon on

People can also go down on the day. Registration starts at 10.30am in the Rowing Club and finishes at 12.15pm.

The fancy dress competition will be judged by the Mayor of Scarborough at 12.30pm.

The Scarborough Town Crier will then start the race to the water at 12.45pm.


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