Past Sidmouth Boxing Day swims

Swimmers take to the water for the annual Boxing Day swim in 1986. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Swimmers take to the water for the annual Boxing Day swim in 1986. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

We take a dip into the archives to look at Sidmouth Boxing Day swims from yesteryear.

Ready to take the plunge in 1986. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Ready to take the plunge in 1986. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

There are many ways to combat the effects of Christmas over-indulgence, such as starting a new diet or jumping on the treadmill, but Sidmothians prefer to do things differently.

Every year, since the mid '80s, brave souls have gathered along the seafront, ready to make a dash for the ocean and dip a toe or two in the chilly water.

Fancy-dress costumes are a must and spectators can expect to see superheroes, knights, crocodiles and, of course, a Father Christmas or two with his helpful elves.

The spectacle always draws a crowd, so if you are heading out to The Esplanade this year then be sure to get down to the seafront early in the morning to secure your spot and, above all, have fun.

Taking the plunge in 1994. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Taking the plunge in 1994. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

You can send us your swim pictures (past and present) by visiting our photo-sharing website at: http://eastdevon.iwitness24.co.uk

Shaking off the water in 1994. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Shaking off the water in 1994. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

Two swimmers pose for the camera in 2017. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Two swimmers pose for the camera in 2017. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

Two swimmers pose for the camera in 2017. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Two swimmers pose for the camera in 2017. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

Two swimmers pose for the camera in 2017. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives

Two swimmers pose for the camera in 2017. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

Other side of the lens for former Herald photographer, Simon Horn, during the 2018 swim. Picture: Si

Other side of the lens for former Herald photographer, Simon Horn, during the 2018 swim. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

Other side of the lens for former Herald photographer, Simon Horn, during the 2018 swim. Picture: Si

Other side of the lens for former Herald photographer, Simon Horn, during the 2018 swim. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant

Other side of the lens for former Herald photographer, Simon Horn, during the 2018 swim. Picture: Si

Other side of the lens for former Herald photographer, Simon Horn, during the 2018 swim. Picture: Sidmouth Herald archives - Credit: Archant


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