SUNDERLAND’S Boxing Day Dip is on course to be a Christmas cracker.
Now organisers are urging Wearsiders to turn out in force to cheer on the hardy souls who will take the plunge for a host of worthwhile causes on Monday.
Anne Fielding, of organisers Sunderland Lions Club, said: “The Dip is now fully subscribed, with more than 1,200 people registered to take part.
“This has to be a record and we are looking forward to a great day.
“We really need the people of Sunderland to come along and give their support to the dippers – there’s plenty of room on the seafront and we would love to see as many people as possible come along to cheer on those taking part in the largest Boxing Day Dip in Britain.”
Last year’s bitter weather saw numbers drop a little, but almost 900 dippers still took the plunge off Seaburn, raising £60,958 for 69 different charitable organisations.
The Lions are confident the 37th Dip will be bigger and better than ever.
Club president Pam Oliver will make history this year when she dons a sexy lion costume to become the first president to enter the water.
“We would remind dippers that team leaders must register when they get to the Seaburn Centre,” said Anne.
“It is very important that they all read the dip booklet very carefully, to take on board the essential information to make the dip run smoothly.
“Please bring your book with you, otherwise you may not be allowed into the Seaburn Centre.”
Registration on the day is from 9.30am to 10.30am. Fancy dress judging will be held between 10.45am and 11am, with the parade and procession to the sea at 11am.
The Lions are also on the lookout for new members to help with organisation of the dip.
The Lions retain 20 per cent of all funds raised, which they use for their own charities. Dippers can name one charity or organisation to receive funding.