Bridge jump looks likely

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - NEWS -

THE an­nual tra­di­tion of leap­ing off the bridge at Map­ple­ton on New Year’s Day looks likely to go ahead again.

The event, which is not of­fi­cially or­gan­ised, will be sub­ject to river con­di­tions and a safety check by divers, but in­di­ca­tions are that dare­dev­ils will be in ac­tion.

The bridge jump used to take place af­ter a boat race, which has raised thou­sands for char­ity, but in re­cent years no group has come for­ward to run the of­fi­cial event – not that it failed to put off fans.

Dozens of peo­ple still turn out to watch the jumpers, who plunge around 30ft into the ice-cold River Dove below and this year the fun is pre­dicted to be­gin around noon on New Year’s Day.

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