Superheroes brave the Walcott waves to remember Hilary

Swimmers line up for the Christmas Day dip at Walcott. Picture: RUTH DOCKERTY

Swimmers line up for the Christmas Day dip at Walcott. Picture: RUTH DOCKERTY - Credit: Archant

Superheroes rubbed shoulders with Santas for a mad dash into the sea at the Walcott Christmas Day dip.

Christmas Day swim 2016 at Walcott.

Christmas Day swim 2016 at Walcott. - Credit: Archant

The event started a decade ago in memory of Hilary Dockerty following her death aged 22 from cystic fibrosis.

To mark the 10th anniversary thrill seekers lined up on the beach in fancy dress to brave the waves.

Amongst those taking part were Hilary's mum Ruth, brother David, who started the dip back in 2006, dad Chris and grandfather Brian Garrad.

The fancy dress competition was won by Robert Hanger who was dressed as a tomato sauce bottle.


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The annual prize for the first swimmer to submerge was awarded to Cameron Mcfaden.

Mrs Dockerty said: 'The swim was started up by my son David with his cousin Liz Howard and a couple of friends because he did not want to stay at home that Christmas and has grown over the years.

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'I took part for the first four years, but never wanted to be submerged, this time I got fully in. Hilary passed away after her body rejected a double lung transplant and her ashes were scattered in the sea at Walcott. It is good that we have been able to create something happy from a sad event.'

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