Weymouth's Christmas Day swim attracts hundreds

Weymouth and Portland Lions Club Christmas Day swim. Courtesy of Steve Davies.
Image caption The 2010 event raised more than £10,000

Hundreds of swimmers have taken part in Dorset's annual Christmas Day swim across Weymouth Harbour.

About 5,000 spectators saw 247 people swim in the charity event, which is organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club.

This is the 64th year the 73m (239ft) long swim, from Old Rooms Inn to the Royal Dorset Yacht Club, has been held.

Two pub landlords started the event in 1947 and last year it attracted 240 swimmers.

Organiser Mark Lockie said: "It was a lot warmer than we thought. All the swimmers have done really well and they're off for their well deserved Christmas dinners now."

The event features a family fun swim, a competitive swim for under 16s, a competitive ladies swim and an open competitive swim.

In 2010 the event raised more than £10,000 for a variety of local charities.

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