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Thousands sign up for Great East Swim

Thousands have already signed up for the Great East Swim including service personnel from Wattisham, Suffolk Photo: Laura Burns/ITV Anglia

Troops from Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk have been helping to launch this year's Great East Swim. At least eight service personnel from the base are taking part in the mass open water event to raise money for Help the Heroes. Thousands of others have already signed up too.

The event takes place at Alton Water Reservoir near Ipswich. In 2011, around 2,500 swimmers took part with a wide range of abilities fundraising for a wide range of causes.

Start of the Great East Swim at Alton Water in Suffolk in 2011. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 2,000 people have already signed up to this year's event, which looks set to be the most popular on record. It's going to be held on 16 June 2012.

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