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Porthcawl Christmas swim attracts record numbers

Many swimmers took part in fancy dress Credit: Amie Lipley / Owen Richards

More swimmers than ever braved the cold at Porthcawl to take part in the annual Christmas morning swim.

Organisers say over 1000 bathers took the plunge and over 2,000 spectators were there to cheer them on.

Swim Chairman, Nicola Willis says, 'As a small committee we are delighted the way we have been supported once again this year. Our beneficiaries this year will be local charities and organisations."

Christmas day swim underway

last year more than 900 hundred swimmers took part Credit: ITV news

The 49th Christmas morning swim is underway in Porthcawl.

Between 800 and 900 swimmers, many in fancy dress, are being cheered on by thousands of spectators.

The events' Chairman, Nicola Willis, says , “this year the ‘Swim’ committee have chosen to donate all money collected at the swim and via swimmers sponsorship to local charities and organisations."


Man's body found in Porthcawl

An investigation has been launched after a body was found in Porthcawl. Police were called to Victoria Ave just before 8:30 this morning. The body of a male, believed to be 58 years old was found.

No formal identification of the body has taken place and police aren't treating the find as suspicious. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the next of kin.

Chickens abandoned on Porthcawl street on Halloween

The chickens have been given the names Marjorie and Peggy Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pair of chickens were left "scared and abandoned" on a street in Porthcawl.

The birds were discovered in a specially-adapted box outside a house in Lime Tree Way, Porthcawl on October 31.

Lights had been attached to the box, with air holes been cut out, said an RSPCA spokesperson.

The box had been painted and was tied up "like a present".

"How these chickens ended up in this box is a complete mystery" said Inspector Gemma Cooper.

"The box would have taken sometime to design so obviously a lot of effort has gone into this prank.

“Although the chickens were not injured they were extremely scared, I am all for Halloween fun, but not when it puts animal welfare at risk”.

Straw and chicken feed has been left inside the box Credit: RSPCA
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