Good Turnout Expected For Christmas Eve Swim

Organisers of the Christmas Eve swim across St Mary’s harbour are hoping that up to fifteen people will take the plunge at two o’clock today.

It’s hoped the swim, the second to be held, will become an annual event.

One of the organisers, Bryony Lishman, says the sea swimmers are raising money for the St Mary’s League of Friends this year. She’s hoping that people will double the donation of £1 to support anyone attempting the challenge, swimming from the Dairy steps to the Old Quay and back, without a wet suit.

And, in the spirit of Augustus Smith, the founder of modern day Tresco who encouraged parents to send their children to school by charging them double the fee for non-attendance, Bryony would like spectators who don’t swim to double their donation.

There will be hot chocolate at Mincarlo for the swimmers as they leave the water, but Bryony says she expects many will want to rush off home, as there’s so much to do on Christmas Eve.