BOXING DAY SWIM PULLS IN THE CROWDS ONCE AGAIN

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Fairly mild conditions welcomed those taking part in the annual Ventnor Boxing Day swim yesterday (Tuesday).

Despite organisers of the traditional Christmas event pulling out, the swim went ahead as normal thanks to members of the community stepping in.

A wave of hardy fundraisers lined the shore at Ventnor Esplanade in preparation of running into the bitterly cold sea at midday. As the klaxon sounded the brave swimmers plunged into the water.

The rather warm and sunny conditions on dry land were welcomed by the crowds who gathered to cheer on those taking part.

Members of Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand to ensure the safety of those taking part, as was Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.

The free-to-enter event, which raises money for the People’s Approach to Cancer Help (PATCH), is a firm Island tradition and takes place every Boxing Day.

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