Published: 10:44, 25 November 2019
| Updated: 11:34, 25 November 2019
Registration has opened for this year’s Boxing Day Dip in Deal as the new organisers announce they’re preparing for one of the highest tides in years.
The Rotary Club of Deal has taken over the annual event from Margarets Edwards of Deal Icebreakers 1981 who hosted its for almost four decades.
Under a new name of Deal Rotary Icebreakers, a committee formed of Howard Binsted, John Utting, Libby St Martin, David Lister, Marlene Burnham are hoping to make it the club’s signature event.
And with preparations in full flow, Mrs Burnham said the group expects a particularly hide tide. They are making extra precautions and warning participants and spectators to be aware.
She said: “We’ve done our calculations and we know it’s going to be a high tide, potentially 6.6metres up from where it would normally be.
“John and David looked at the high tide on Monday when its was also 6.6.metres and checked that there will still be enough space for the dippers to get down to the water’s edge.
“Safety of the dippers is our concern. We will have more marshals on the day to ensure folk will be safe and will be monitoring the tides and the beach until that day.
"The team-work and dedication for this event is superb, with just five of us Rotarians plus the Deal Coastgaurds.
“We just hope the weather will be kind, and folk turn out to watch as they usually do to make this a great public event.”
The event takes place at 11am next to the Pier.
Entry is £5 via a new website: dealrotaryicebreakers.co.uk
On the day registration is £10. Queues are expected. The last day for registration is Sunday, December 15.
Money raised will be split between a number of local area causes and distributed at the end of January.
Deal Pier will be open thanks to Dover District Council which has agreed to cover the cost and Deal Pier Kitchen will also opening its doors to sell refreshments.
For more information call David Lister on 07875 956348.
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