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Thousands take part in Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim

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Thousands have braved the cold and taken part in the annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim in Pembrokeshire.

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Organisers said 2,028 swimmers and thousands of spectators braved the chilly weather.

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Now in it's 34th year, the event raises money for local and national charities.

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It has become more and more popular since it started on Boxing Day in 1984, when just a handful of locals entered the sea to raise money.

The following year, the swim was moved to New Year's Day, when it has taken place ever since.

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The swim countdown was initiated by former Glamorgan & England cricketer Simon Jones and at 12.30pm the swimmers were sent down the sands.

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The village and wider community has done us proud again.

We could not have conceived 34 years ago we would be here now hosting such a major event.

Our driving force as always is the huge number of fantastic causes that benefit.

Thirty-three years on and this event is getting bigger and better with thousands of pounds being raised for charity.

The people from Saundersfoot, the surrounding areas and even farther a field have come out in force to support this marvellous event despite the weather.

– Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman, Martyn Williams
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