All set for a chilly dip to start 2013

Fleetwood Gym's New Years Day "dip" in the sea at Fleetwood.
Fleetwood Gym's New Years Day "dip" in the sea at Fleetwood.

FANCY a dip in the sea on New Year’s Day?

If you do, you can join other hardy souls for the annual New Year’s Day dip!

The annual event, which has become a tradition in the town, is taking place again and organisers are hoping for a big turn out.

It is hoped the dip will be supported more than ever before because money raised will go towards two fantastic local causes.

One of the beneficiaries this year will be a little girl called Chloe New who needs an operation in America.

The youngster, who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, needs a specialist 
operation to help her walk.

But she cannot have the surgery in this country and will have to go to America to have it done. That will cost in the region of £45,000.

The family of the 10-year-old, who goes to Shakespeare Primary School, have just launched an appeal called Chloe’s Wish to Walk, in a bid to raise the money.

Independently of Chloe’s appeal, some of the money raised will go towards Fleetwood Kite Club.

The club operates every other Saturday giving expert tuition in kiting to children and adults.

It currently has between 50 and 75 members and is proving very popular.

It is aimed primarily at children aged seven upwards and the club, which has been running since 2006, offers a superb introduction to a popular sport which is perfect for the windy shores of Fleetwood.

Phil Gibson, who runs the club and is organising the New year’s Day Dip, said: “We are hoping to at least top the £1,000 mark, it would be great to do that.

“Hopefully we will get a good turnout and there will be plenty of refreshments afterwards too.”

Dippers are asked to turn up at the Kite Shop on the seafront opposite the Mount Hotel for 11.30am.

The dip takes place at noon and afterwards there will be mulled wine, chilli and jacket potatoes.

The kite shop has hot showers and changing facilities too.

If you want to take part you can turn up on the day or ring Phil on 07971 958899.