Taking the plunge for charity

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More than 30 hardy souls plunged into the sea at Fleetwood for the town’s New Year’s Day Dip.

Phil Gibson, chairman of Fleetwood Kite Club which organises the event, was delighted with the turn-out for the annual event, despite some atrocious weather conditions.

The event was held to raise money for two charities this year, in memory of member Rob Kirkbride who died after the canopy of his paraglider collapsed while gliding over East Lancashire beauty spot Pendle Hill, near Clitheroe.

The engineer who worked at BAE in Warton fell 30ft from his glider on December 4.

The dip raised funds for both the club and the North West Air Ambulance.

Mr Gibson said: “It was a good turn out considering the weather was dire.

“We had more than 30 people taking part, and quite lot of people watching as well.

“People were in and out of the sea very quickly – that’s long enough in the water at this time of year. It really takes your breath away.

“But it’s a way of getting everyone together and starting the new year afresh.”


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