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Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2016

Lifeboats News Release

Hundreds of competitors braved the chilly North Sea to enjoy the annual Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip.


The large crowds on the beach and the many hardy souls who braved the sea were up on last year's count thanks to the fine and sunny weather of Boxing Day this year.

The event was organised by Newbiggin lifeboat station and it is expected to raise over £680 in donations for the RNLI realised through generous support via sponsorship and donations along with refreshments that were served during the morning in the lifeboat station. In addition many other charities were represented at the event and they will benefit from considerable support also.

Almost 400 dippers took part at around 11.00am as they sprinted into the chilly sea watched by 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 Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@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 websites.
Newbiggin dippers get ready for the dash

RNLI/Richard Martin

Stormy at Newbiggin
The dippers dash to the sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin dipper's dash
Hundreds gather in the sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2016
The brave souls retreat from the chilly water

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2016
Newbiggin lifeboat watches over the event

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2016
Newbiggin lifeboat provides a safety watch

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2016

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