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Broadstairs: Dozens take part in New Year's Day dip, organised by landlady Jill Connell

By Katie Davis

It was a brrrrrrrisk start to 2018 for a group of intrepid swimmers in Broadstairs.

Dozens of brave participants for a New Year’s Day dip gathered at the Neptune Hall pub in Harbour Street before walking down to the beach and taking a plunge into the chilly water.

The organiser of the dip, Neptune Hall landlady Jill Connell, wasn’t among those taking part but she provided very welcome hot food for those emerging from the waves.

Participants in the Neptune's Hall pub, Broadstairs New Year's Day dip

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Dippers took to the sea to raise funds for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

Alison Taylor, chief cxecutive of CLDF, saidd: “We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood liver disease which we do by providing information, emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected.

Annette Stewart

"Over the years Jill and her husband Kenny have raised over £50,000 by putting on this event.

"We are truly grateful to them for all their hard work."

Terri Hart, James Clare and Jack Warren making a splash
Karen Trotman braved the conditions
Dozens of people took part
Andrew Cameron ventured into the water
Participants in Broadstairs New Year's Day dip
Braving the chill
Back on dry land, Dan Coughlan, Curtis Green, Steve and Lulu Caps and Sharon Coughlan
Funds were raised for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF)
The Nemes Nutters were among those who took part
It's an annual event

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