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Gallery 2 > Event Coverage > Boxing Day Dip 2011, Seaburn, Sunderland
The 'Boxing Day Dip' takes place on our wonderful coastline at Seaburn Beach and has become a part of Sunderland's history. It is now organised by Sunderland Lions Club and is an occasion for the people of the North East to dress up in all manner of fancy dress, take a dip in the North Sea, raise money for charity and blow the Christmas cobwebs away. There are several such dips held around Europe, but the largest is organised by the Lions Club of Sunderland, England. Participants are expected to wear fancy dress and jump into the North Sea.The oldest is Tenby Boxing Day Swim in Pembrokeshire, Wales, started in 1970.
It is held at Seaburn beach in Sunderland and it attracts one thousand dippers every year. Up to five thousand spectators turn out to witness the dip, including the City’s Mayor and Mayoress. Originating in 1974 the dip is one of the oldest events in the country.
The dip of 2004 raised nearly £60,000 for charity, with several teams taking part. Some of the major donators are Ashbourn Guest House, Alexandra Plumbing and Heating, the New Clipper, CR Builders, TWR Window Frames, Ttonic, MTL Scaffolders, Print Centre, Jolly Potters, Jacksons.
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