New Year’s Day dip in East Wittering

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More than 1,500 people turned out in weird and wacky costumes for the New Year’s Day dip in East Wittering.

Despite the rainy weather a wide range of colourful characters including Peter Pan, some cowboys, a jockey and even some roadworkers came out in force for the dip.

The event was to raise money for the 1st Birdham and Witterings Scout Group.

Group scout leader Ray Nye said: “The costumes were very different as usual but they were much larger this year. We received a lot of support even though it was raining. The spectators were fantastic.”

This year’s dippers braved the dismal weather from the Shore Road beach and promenade. Best dressed prizes were given out to those costumes that were truly inspirational.

Local businesses including Shells Toys and Gifts, Candies, Calamity’s, FA Holland & Son and Castle Printers, were all there supporting the event.

Mr Nye added: “Our thanks must also go to St John’s Ambulance, our water safety crew, Shore Pub, the First Responders and Sussex 4x4 members, along with EMS Services and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

“Without their support it would not be possible to run this event with the safety required.

“Our sincere thanks to all who supported as dippers or spectators as without you we would not be able to run this community event which so many enjoy.”

The money raised from the event will support the scouts with trips and projects.

To find out more about the 1st Birdham and Witterings Scout Group call Ray Nye on 01243 673098 or visit www.1stbirdham-witteringsscouts.btck.co.uk