Exmouth’s Christmas swim

PUBLISHED: 13:13 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:57 14 January 2016

Exmouth Christmas day swim. Ref exe 6611-53-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth Christmas day swim. Ref exe 6611-53-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton


Exmouth beach was once again packed with brave swimmers for the town’s world-renowned Christmas Day swim.

Hundreds, many in fancy dress, turned out for the yearly event. Undaunted by rain on Christmas morning, they were rewarded as the weather began to brighten around swimtime – 11am.

The event, which started informally with a few friends in the 1960s, now regularly attracts national coverage, and this year went around the world, with reports from news outlets including the Wall Street Journal and NBC in the United States, and TVNZ in New Zealand.

Ken Cunningham, one of the swim’s founders, said of this year’s event: “It was absolutely brilliant. There were lots and lots of people enjoying themselves, young and old.”

Among the swimmers was eight-year-old Joshua Somerton-Rees, raising money for the Poppy Appeal in memory of his granddad.

He has so far raised £160, and donations are still being collected at Pay Pal: wiggysmum@yahoo.com

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