Wash away festive cobwebs

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What better way to blow out the Christmas excess than by taking a refreshing dip in the North Sea – on Boxing Day.

Over the last 40 years, the Boxing Day dip has become as popular a festive tradition than the Christmas dinner.

Starting with just a handful of people, over 150 people now regularly take the plunge to help raise money for local causes with many more choosing to watch from the much warmer sidelines.

Dippers get sponsored with 20 per cent of what they raise going to organisers, Whitby Lions, and the rest to the charity or cause of their choice.

The money which goes to the Whitby Lions will then be distributed between its chosen charities.

Last year over £7000 was raised and they are hoping to match or even better that this time – despite the difficult economic times.

To take part in this year’s Boxing Day dip, registration forms can be obtained from Universal Garage in Station Square.

A spokesperson for Whitby Lions said: “The event would not be possible without the support of Whitby residents, local businesses, organisations, police, St John Ambulance, the Harbour Master’s team, council officials and many others.”

Registration from 10am, fancy dress judging at 10.30am and then in the sea.