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Adam Neill and Nathan McCall make a splash in the New Year's Day swim in Carnlough. Picture: Stephen Davison / Pacemaker.

Carnlough New Year’s Day swim is held for 50th year

The 50th New Year’s Day swim, organised by the Ballymena branch of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association, has taken place at Carnlough Harbour.

By Valerie Martin
Saturday, 1st January 2022, 5:22 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st January 2022, 5:35 pm

The event was postponed last January on what would have been the 50th anniversary of the fundraiser so the organisers had to wait another year to celebrate the milestone event.

Established by four late members John McNeil, Billy Bell, Danny Wylie, and Aidan Metrusty, this year’s swim saw Geoff Bell, who has taken part in the previous 49 events, enter the water as the first swimmer.

Following Geoff’s lead, the other participants braved the bracing Antrim coast conditions to jump, dive or more gingerly step into the water, accompanied to the cheers of the supporting crowd.

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