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.