Hayle Surf Life Saving Club’s annual Christmas Day swim was a great success in their 50th anniversary year with probably one of the biggest turn outs since records began and a lot of “newbys” taking part. The relative balmy temperatures compared with last year’s -3 degrees centigrade helped but it was really just a reflection of the tremendous support the Club has received all year from its members, their family and friends. The tide couldn’t have been any lower so the long hike across the beach helped reduce everyone’s body temperature before they reached the sea where a large swell made it much easier to take the plunge without a wetsuit.
Chairman, Graham Williams, who always observes from the beach and is not one of the brave souls who actually gets wet, said “This was a fantastic end to a very successful 50th anniversary year. I was amazed at the turnout and the enthusiasm of everyone taking part from 6 year old Sandhopper, Tobias White to founder member 86 year old Tom Prisk. We had three founder members taking part this year – the already mentioned Tom Prisk, Daphne Hocking who made a welcome comeback after a few years absence and Vice Chairman, Gil Tredinnick who reminisced that they used to be lucky if twelve people turned up and couldn’t get over the amount of people taking part and watching. Thank you to everyone who brought along mulled wine, biscuits and chocolates, all of which were very much appreciated on return to the warm clubhouse.”
Photo: Hayle Surf Life Saving Clubs members, family and friends photo call before their annual Christmas Day Dip.
Carol Penberthy –Press Officer – Hayle Surf Life Saving Club
Tel: 01209 711322 or 01736 741004 (work)