Deeply dippy!

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton

DOZENS of peo­ple are ex­pected to brave the cold and take a dip in the Mediter­ranean on New Year’s Day, rais­ing money for chil­dren.

At 1pm on Jan­uary 1 at Jávea’s Are­nal Beach, a klaxon will sound and swim­mers – many in fancy dress – will make a dash into the blue, brav­ing the sea tem­per­a­tures for a 10-minute dunk­ing.

A tra­di­tion dat­ing back around 30 years in the Ma­rina Alta town, the swim is ad­ver­tised as the per­fect way to brush away the ex­cesses of New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions.

And it is now a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the Jávea cal­en­dar, with crowds gath­er­ing to watch the brave souls take the plunge while avoid­ing the waves lap­ping the edge of the beach.

The event is or­gan­ised by Nigel and Karen Rush­ton of the Lan­cashire Bruja and a beach bucket col­lec­tion, the con­tents of the bar’s ‘swear box’, and spon­sor­ship money will be added to the cash raised on the pre-Christ­mas ‘Elf Run’ – a fancy dress event around the town’s hostel­ries.

More than 70 peo­ple got wet last year and it is hoped numbers will keep ris­ing for a typ­i­cally flam­boy­ant piece of ex­pat be­hav­iour.

Bri­tish ex­pats in La Manga took their dip in the Med on Box­ing day.

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