Tak­ing the plunge on New Year’s Day

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - Flickr.com/groups/scenebyyou BY GEMMA ED­WARDS gemma.ed­wards@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @gemed­wards31

PPREPARATIONS are un­der way for South­port’s new­est tra­di­tion – which is now in its se­cond year.

Peo­ple are in­vited to bring in the New Year with a splash at the Fern­ley Event in South­port.

The event, which takes place on New year’s Day, com­mem­o­rates the loss of 27 lives af­ter the UK’s largest lifeboat disas­ter in 1886.

It also pays trib­ute to John Fern­ley, one of South­port’s big­gest bene­fac­tors. One of the lifeboats lost in the disas­ter, the El­iza Fern­ley, was named af­ter John’s daugh­ter.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to take part in the event for free and the bravest par­tic­i­pants can swim in the Marine Lake, but oth­ers are wel­come to walk, jog or run around the edge.

The names of the lost have been en­graved onto the oars which are car­ried at the event and rested at the 1886 Me­mo­rial Obelisk on the South­port prom­e­nade.

Or­gan­iser Jonathan Cun­ning­ham, who has just fin­ished film­ing the lat­est pro­mo­tional video for the event at South­port Pier, said: “It’s go­ing well and aware­ness of the disas­ter is grow­ing but a lot of peo­ple are still un­aware of it.

“Last year we had 24 peo­ple en­ter the wa­ter and around 250 peo­ple came to watch.”

“This year we’ve changed the lo­ca­tion of the start and fin­ish to un­der the pier so that the par­tic­i­pants can cross the fin­ish line with crowds around them.”

“It’s a great way to bring in the New Year, fam­i­lies can wrap up warm and those tak­ing part will get a medal and a hot choco­late at the end.”

The Lifeboat crews have been con­firmed for the day and, af­ter Jonathan strug­gled to find a min­is­ter to lead the com­mem­o­ra­tion, Rev Martin Abrams stepped in.

The Methodist Min­is­ter at South­port Hos­pi­tal said: “As a South­port lad, this is such an amaz­ing event for such a great cause.

“I’m de­lighted to be part of this iconic Sand­grounder event and very much look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the ser­vice at the 1866 Obelisk on South­port Prom­e­nade 11am on New Year’s Day.”

To find our more about how you can get in­volved in this year’s event visit www. the­fern­ley.co.uk.

The Fish­er­man’s bell will ring to sig­nal the start of the Fern­ley Event on New Year’s Day, or­gan­ised by Jonathan Cun­ning­ham

By Gra­ham More­ton

Com­peti­tors at the in­au­gu­ral Fern­ley Event found con­di­tions brac­ing!

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