THE annual Walrus Dip took place at Pembrey Country Park today, Tuesday (Dec 26) Approximately 300 to 500 hundred hardy souls threw caution to the bitter December wind and against the advice of any GP if you can find one in Llanelli they ran in the direction of the briny kitted out in a range of costumes echoing contemporary life in politics, TV, film and fantasy. There were more than a fair share of Christmas inspired outfits. It was an unusually sunny day for Boxing Day but that wild Welsh weather poked its head out with some rain showers.
There was a purpose to the madness in that a lot of money was being raised for charity. The dash got underway with an official nod from the Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council Irfon Jones.
The Walrus Dip has become a must do event for many and for some it is not Christmas without a dip into the freezing waters off Pembrey. It has been going for over three decades having started in 1984 and with the exception of two years when it was called off it has been a successful way of fund raising for many charities. Each year the RNLI turn out to ensure the safety of participants.
The numbers of dippers have fluctuated over the years as the larger sea dips like those in Tenby, Saundersfoot and Porthcawl have attracted the larger numbers of participants and spectators. Llanelli Online was at this year’s dip and we have uploaded a selection of our and your photos as well as creating a special film of the event, which you can watch here. We are always looking for more photos and clips so please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org You can use WeTransfer or SendAnywhere for large files.
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