New Year fun

Scar­bor­ough New Year’s Day tra­di­tions are back again

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Martina Moscariello [email protected] Twit­ter: @m__­moscariello

You can’t fail to find some­thing to en­joy with the whole of the fam­ily this New Year’s Day, with Scar­bor­ough’s an­nual tra­di­tions all back to wel­come in 2019, in­clud­ing the tug of war and the dip.

Tra­di­tional New Year’s Day events are com­ing back to cel­e­brate the start of 2019 with fun and fundrais­ing.

Or­gan­ised by Scar­bor­ough Lions Club, the New Year’s Day dip in South Bay will re­turn for those who are brave enough to jump into the freez­ing North Sea wa­ters.

At­tract­ing around 100 en­trants ev­ery year, the event is a chance for par­tic­i­pants to raise money for a char­ity of their choice.

Reg­is­tra­tion will take place at the Row­ing Club from 10.30am to 12pm. Dip­pers, many in fancy dress, will then make their way into the sea be­tween 12.30pm and 1pm.

Roy Cham­bers, Trea­surer of the Lions Club, said: “It’s a fun event and some peo­ple have been do­ing it for years. We have a guy from New­cas­tle who’s been do­ing it since it started and I’ve had an email from some­one who is look­ing to come all the way from China to do it.”

For reg­is­tra­tion and spon­sor forms email aldea­[email protected]­

An­other tra­di­tion ready to come back on New Year’s Day is the tug of war be­tween East and West Ay­ton vil­lagers over the River Der­went.

This will get un­der­way at 11am and will be fol­lowed by a tal­ent show at the Forge Val­ley Inn at 1.30pm.

Land­lady Heidi Dick­in­son said: “The event has been go­ing on for at least 40 to 50 years and last year we had about 300 spec­ta­tors.”

The tal­ent show at the pub will raise money for St Cather­ine’s, MacMil­lan and Mind.

The New Year’s Day Dip and Ay­ton Tug of War al­ways at­tract large crowds of spec­ta­tors.

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