A Lake District hotelier and Cumbria's top cop are this week taking part in a 900 mile swim of the North African coastline. They will be part of a team that will cover the distance in a relay.
Thomas Noblett, the managing director of the Langdale Chase Hotel on Windermere, and Stuart Hyde, Cumbria's Chief Constable, are expected to encounter sharks, jellyfish, rough seas and sewage in their five day international Peace Swim starting in Tunisia.
Mr Noblett, a 49-year-old Savoy-trained hotelier, was invited to represent England in the swim alongside teams from Portugal, Libya and Malta. He recruited good friend Mr Hyde to be part of his team. The epic is being screened live on Tunisian TV.
The purpose of the event is to promote freedom, peace and solidarity in the region following the uprisings last year.
Mr Noblett said:
Mr Noblett has been nicknamed “The Gladiator” for his charity fund-raising efforts which have brought in over £40,000 pounds; often for disadvantaged children and led him to establish his own charity. He featured on the series 'The Lakes' with Rory McGrath.
Stuart Hyde, Cumbria’s have-a-go Chief Constable – who fought Mr Noblett in a charity boxing match – commented: