A splash­ing start to the year

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @kate­lal­lyx

THOU­SANDS of South­port res­i­dents saw in 2017 by ei­ther watch­ing or tak­ing part in the sec­ond an­nual Fern­ley event.

The me­mo­rial in­volved a twom­ile run through King’s Gar­dens and along South­port Pier and fin­ish­ing with “the Plunge”, a 100m swim across the icy Marine Lake.

The event, billed as some­thing to “walk and watch, or run and plunge”, was set up by Jonathan Cun­ning­ham in 2016. Jonathan said he wanted to cre­ate a tra­di­tion that was “uniquely Sand­grounder.”

The oc­ca­sion be­gan with a Pro­ces­sion Of The Oars from the Wa­ter­front Plaza to the South­port Lifeboat Obelisk Me­mo­rial on The Prom­e­nade.

There they held a me­mo­rial ser­vice, led by Methodist Min­is­ter Peter Knight from the Ley­land Road Methodist Church, to the 27 men who died in the Mex­ico dis­as­ter in 1886.

Jonathan said: “That’s it, the Fern­ley is packed away for another year, and what an amaz­ing event it was!

“Thank you so much to all who turned up and an even big­ger ‘thank you’ to all those who im­mersed them­selves in the freez­ing cold Marine Lake!”

Any­one wish­ing to take part in next year’s event can book the Early Bird of­fer over the next few weeks.

These two must have done plenty of trainer­ing

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