Record numbers make a splash at Saundersfoot
12:06pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
A record 1,724 brave bathers and thousands of spectators were joined by blue skies to welcome in 2013 at the annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim.
Now in its 29th year, the charity event saw some sensational fancy dress, including punk rockers, penguins, a submarine and a troop of Mario characters.
It also featured its first-ever marriage proposal, with the happy couple celebrating their engagement as the dippers entered the water.
A mass performance of Gangnam Style took place before international rugby referee Nigel Owens blew the starting whistle and the swimmers were sent on their way by a firework launch. Onlookers were also treated to a visit from the Tenby’s RNLI lifeboat, the Haydn Miller.
The swim is organised by Saundersfoot Festivities, whose chairman, Martyn Williams, said: "Again we have exceeded expectations and have broken all records. Twenty nine years on and this event is getting bigger and better, with thousands of pounds being raised for charity.
“People from Saundersfoot, the surrounding areas and even further afield have come out in force to support this marvellous event.”