Hunstanton Christmas swim ‘one of the best ever’, say organisers

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111854009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111854009

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Charity officials have hailed Hunstanton’s Christmas Day swim as one of the best ever as thousands turned out for the festive fundraiser.

Around 175 swimmers, one of the highest totals in the event’s history, braved the chilly waters off the resort to take part in the annual swim.

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111723009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111723009

And the rain didn’t put off large crowds of supporters who packed onto the shore to cheer on the participants.

Although all the sponsorship money has yet to be collected, officials from the Hunstanton Round Table, who stage the event, estimate it will have raised around £5,000 for good causes.

Organiser Neil Wells said: “It was really good. Despite it starting to rain about half an hour before the swimmers went into the water, there was still a massive crowd down there.

“They all put money in the buckets. It’s a good result.”

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111658009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111658009

As has become traditional, many of the swimmers wore fancy dress to go into the water.

As well as an array of seasonal costumes, others were inspired by famous films and music stars.

And the total raised was further boosted when the winners of the fancy dress competition, who appeared as Elvis Presley, characters from Star Wars and Minions respectively, all put their prize money back into the charity pot.

As previously reported, this swim was dedicated to the memory of Sean Sands, a long-time supporter of the event and other Round Table activities, who was killed in a kite-surfing accident off Hunstanton last March.

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111451009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111451009

Officials have already announced that the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and the RNLI will be the main beneficiaries of the money raised from the swim.

However, the amounts to be given to each cause will only be finalised when the overall total raised is known.

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111323009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111323009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111234009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111234009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111054009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111054009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111107009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111107009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-112137009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-112137009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111836009

Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton organised by Hunstnaton 615 Round Table ANL-151226-111836009