A splashing start to the year
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