Brighton’s annual festive dip took place despite Brighton’s Swimming Club officially cancelling the event on Christmas Eve. They said conditions would be ‘highly dangerous even for the most experienced sea swimmers’. The high tide and dangerous currents were likely to make the swimmers entry and exit through the heavy shore break very difficult.
However, despite the warning, hundreds of hardy souls went ahead and took part in the Christmas tradition, as they did throughout the country. It was reported that one man had to be dragged to safety from the sea in Brighton, I didn’t stick around long enough to see – tummy rumbling – I was half way home for my turkey dinner!