Mayor and Mayoress set to take Boxing Day plunge

BRACED FOR ACTION ...Mayoress Stella Matthewson, left, and Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham are ready for the Boxing Day Dip.
BRACED FOR ACTION ...Mayoress Stella Matthewson, left, and Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham are ready for the Boxing Day Dip.

SOUTH Tyneside’s first citizen is gearing up to get her feet wet for charity by taking part in a festive tradition.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, will join hundreds of other brave dippers who will be running into the sea on Boxing Day.

She will be joined by the Mayoress Stella Matthewson as well as former Mayor and Mayoress Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley.

Together, the group aim to raise as much cash as possible for the annual Mayor’s Charity which this year is raising funds for Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice, the Mission to Seafarers and the KAYAKS – a support group for children with special needs.

Coun Cunningham has taken part in the annual dip a number of times before.

The group will be joining scores brave dippers who have signed up to take part in the annual Boxing Day Dip in aid of Cancer Connections at Little Haven Beach, South Shields.

The former Mayor, Coun Gibson will then head off to join those running into the sea, further down the beach, in aid of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

Coun Gibson said: “The Boxing Day dip has become such a huge event and it’s great to be part of something which is raising money for worthy causes.

“To see everyone taking time out of what is a busy time of year for people to come down to the seafront and brave the icy waters.

“It really is an amazing sight to see and is a testament to the generosity and kind-hearted people we have living within South Tyneside.”

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