Boxing Day Dip pays tribute to Cromer Carnival stalwart

This year's event is being held in memory of Tony West who dressed as an inflatable Father Christmas

This year's event is being held in memory of Tony West who dressed as an inflatable Father Christmas at last year’s dip. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: SUBMITTED

North Norfolk Beach Runners are set to make a splash next month.

More than 200 people took part in the Boxing Day Dip in Cromer last year. Picture: SUBMITTED

More than 200 people took part in the Boxing Day Dip in Cromer last year. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: SUBMITTED

The local running club has confirmed its annual Boxing Day Dip in Cromer will return on Monday, December 26.

And it has revealed money from this year's fundraiser will be donated to the town's RNLI in memory of Carnival stalwart Tony West who passed away, aged 54, in September following a two-year battle with cancer.

He dressed as an inflatable Father Christmas at last year's dip.

NNBR chairman Clive Hedges said: 'It's a great way to blow away the excesses of Christmas Day and gain bragging rights for the remainder of the holidays!


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'Last year we had in the region of 250 dippers and raised just in excess of £2000 for Mesothelioma UK.

'This year we are delighted to confirm that the charity we have chosen to benefit from the proceeds is the RNLI (Cromer), this is in memory of our dear friend and 'dipper' Tony West who passed away only a few weeks ago.'

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The Dip takes place on the beach next to Cromer Pier on Boxing Day at 11am, with a fun run getting proceedings under way at 10am.

Everyone is invited to take part - or spectate. All they have to do is turn up and run. Sponsorship forms will be made available for those wishing to be sponsored, a bucket collection will also be taken on the day.

Mr Hedges added: 'It's a great event for all the family! The idea is to get your hair wet - no wet suits allowed.'

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