Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2014: Hundreds of swimmers battle freezing rain to take the plunge


An estimated 400 hardy swimmers braved a freezing and drizzly morning to take part in the 44th Tenby Boxing Day Swim

On the stroke of 11am before a crowd of thousands, the swimmers – many dressed as pirates – braved horrible weather to take a dip on the Pembrokeshire town’s North Beach.

Local hotelier Chris Osborne, chairman of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, which organises the Boxing Day Swim and also President of Tenby’s Chamber of Trade, said he was extremely pleased with the turn out.

He said: “The weather was not kind to us this year but we still had a large group of swimmers and the usual big crowd of onlookers. This has become one of the big social events of the year in Pembrokeshire, sometimes people don’t see each for the whole year then meet up at the swim.

“We’ve had swimmers not only from North and South Pembrokeshire and surrounding counties but Cardiff and Swansea as well.

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