Swimmers are invited to brave the icy waters while celebrating an upper Calder Valley tradition next weekend.
Todmorden Amateur Swimming Club members, sponsored by Todmorden Lions, host their New Year Swim at Lee Dam, in Lumbutts village above Todmorden, on Sunday, January 12, where competitors will aim to retrieve a wooden trophy thrown into the water - or just have some fun, in chilly surroundings!
Registration for the event, which dates back more than 50 years, is at 1.30pm before the event starts at 2pm. The entry fee is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, although pre-day tickets to take part are available at a cheaper rate - for more information or to buy tickets call Debbie Lorimer on 07513 123097.
Proceeds go to Todmorden Amateur Swimming Club and entrants are also invited to raise funds for other causes. Problems with insurance cover had threatened the event until the Lions stepped in to offer support, so all that is now needed is people to have a go, hopefully in favourable conditions as on occasion the swim has had to be postponed due to thick ice, said Debbie. Warm soup and a roll at the nearby Top Brink pub is on hand to warm swimmers up afterwards. Prizes are presented for men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ races and the event is also supported by local scouts and Pennine Sun Aqua Club.