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Christmas Day swim marks 50th event


Wales: Brave folks in Wales were dashed into the cold sea on Christmas morning to celebrate the auspicious day at the beach in Porthcawl, south Wales.
For the 50th swim, organizers were hoped a record crowd after more than 1,000 people took part last year.
Swimmers gathered at the town’s Sandy Bay from 10:30 GMT for the run down to the waves, to be started at 11:45 GMT.
The event was to raise fund for a hospice and a cancer support center as well as other local projects.
More than 2,000 spectators were come to watch last year where many of the onlookers were in fancy dress.
This year, swimmers have been asked to follow the theme of clowns and Vikings in memory of two of the event’s mainstays for many years.
However, once the numbers started to grow, more and more people will take part in the water event, so that the same will have to be shifted to Coney Beach.
Swimmers were gathered at Hi-Tide inn just above the beach to register on the day before the arrival of Santa and the main event.


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