Dipping back in picture archives

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THOUSANDS of people who have braved the freezing North Sea for an annual event are being urged to dip into their archives and upload their photos online.

Every year, hundreds of people plunge into the wintry waters at Seaton Carew for the annual Boxing Day dip.

For the last 40 years the popular event has been organised by Hartlepool Lions, but the most recent dip was their last.

It has now been taken over by Hartlepool Round Table, and the first act as new organisers has been to set up a new Facebook page giving people the chance to look back on dips from years gone by.

Round Table members are asking people to scour back through their photo albums in a bid to find Boxing Day dip photos and then to upload them on to the new page, giving residents the chance to look back on the “fantastic” job done by Hartlepool Lions.

Graeme Smith, chairman of the Round Table, took part in 2011 dip.

Graeme, 40, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool with wife Amanda, 34, a child minder, and their daughter, Hannah, nine, a pupil at Clavering Primary School, said: “The 2011 dip was another fantastic event and we want to encourage people to have a look at the page while the dip is still fresh in their minds.

“All people have to do is log on and ‘like’ the page at the top of the screen, then they can upload any of their photos.

“We have already got some fantastic photos from recent times, hopefully we can go way back and get a lot more.

“With the internet sites and the Facebook page we are just trying to move the dip up with modern times.”

Graeme said the page is a celebration of the last 40 years and gave credit to the Lions for their excellent job.

He added: “What the Lions have done for the dip has been brilliant.

“The 2011 dip had around 400 people sign up and around 300 of them turned up on the day, that’s brilliant and we are hoping for just as good a response in future years.

“So many people turning out benefits local charities because a lot of the people taking part raise hundreds of pounds for causes close to their heart.”

To access the new page visit, Hartlepool Round Table