Will 2014’s Hunstanton Christmas Day Swim be the biggest yet?

Huge crowds at last year's Christmas Day Swim
Huge crowds at last year's Christmas Day Swim
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Hopes are high that it will be another record year for the Hunstanton Round Table Christmas Day Swim.

Participant numbers have been rising every year for the past five years, from 70 or so in 2008 to 165 last year.

Paul Searle, this year’s organiser, said: “We are expecting a great turn out.

“There’s a great atmosphere on the day; we have some Christmas music playing and it’s a really good opportunity for people to meet up with each other on Christmas Day and enjoy this fundraising opportunity as well.

“People are very generous and all the money raised is used for local good causes.”

Last year’s event raised around £5,000 through sponsorship and donations, which the Round Table distributes throughout the year based on applications from West Norfolk and Hunstanton people. This year, the group has particularly supported Scotty’s Little Soldiers – the Lynn-based charity that raises money for treats and trips for the families of servicemen and women killed in action.

The Round Table has been organising the swim since 1959. It promotes and insures the event and ensures St John Ambulance is on hand to keep everyone safe.

Peter Brooke, a founder member of the swim, still attends to help with collecting donations.

Anyone interested in taking part in the swim must register with the Round Table for safety reasons. All funds raised should be handed to Round Table, which accepts nominations for how cash should be distributed.

Viewing and swimming is free and all successful swimmers receive a commemorative certificate.

There are prizes for the best fancy dress costumes, with £25 on offer to the best individual and £100 for the best group.

Registration takes place on the day at the Oasis Leisure Centre between 10am and 10.45am.

Swimmers will parade to the water at 11am, led by Chris Stafford, Round Table chairman and Ed Napolitana, vice chairman, who will be first in the water. All swimmers must enter the water enough to go under the Round Table banner to qualify as having completed the challenge.

Registration forms should be downloaded from: hunstantonroundtable.com