Fundraiser to take place again

A TRADITIONAL fundraiser has been saved by a Newbiggin businessman.

Concerns had been raised about the future of the Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip after the Lions Club announced they were closing the Ashington branch, which had organised the annual event.

But local businessman Dennis Inglis, landlord of The Old Ship on the promenade, has stepped forward to save the event, which has taken place every year since 1983.

He is so keen for the tradition to be kept alive that he is organising it himself.

Dennis said “The people of Newbiggin love the Boxing Day Dip and turn out in their hundreds to watch and take part.

“When I found out it wasn’t taking place this year I though it was sad that the tradition had died.

“So I talked to the former lions club chairman, Hugh Barr, about what could be done to save it.

“I then contacted the RNLI and Newbiggin Sailing Club for support and with a few local volunteers offering to help, we have the event back on.”

This year money will be raised for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), based at the Freeman Hospital.

The Dip will take place on the beach in front of Bridge Street Piazza, at 10.30am on December 26.

Anyone can take part, raising money for CHUF or a charity of their choice.

For further information contact Dennis Inglis at The Old Ship on (01670) 817231.