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It’s been a Clevedon tradition for years, but the coronavirus pandemic will stop this year’s Boxing Day and New Year’s Day dip.

It’s important that we keep everyone safe by sticking to government guidelines around social distancing and mass gatherings. But it’s also important to bear in mind that getting into cold water can be very dangerous and we must not put an extra strain on the emergency services.

“The New Year dip is magical and it brings lots of people to the lake who don’t swim throughout the year, plus lots of people with hangovers,” says Rowan Clarke, Outdoor Swimming Coach. “This increases the chance of a medical emergency, which just isn’t fair to put on the frontline health workers this year.”

For Marlens, the charity that runs the lake, this means the loss of donations, so please consider donating anyway.

We look forward to starting off 2022 with a New Year’s Day dip. Until then, keep safe and well.

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