A Giant Firework started the 2013 swim at 12.30pm on Saundersfoot Beach where a record 1724 swimmers and thousands of spectators welcomed in the New Year at the annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim in Pembrokeshire.
The charitable event just gets bigger and better – and in its 29th year, the hundreds of swimmers pulled out all the stops embracing the event in some really sensational fancy dress. Highlights included Punk Rockers, New Year’s Day freaks, penguins, a submarine and a troop of Mario characters.
Onlookers were also treated to a visit from the Tenby’s RNLI Lifeboat -
Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman Martyn Williams said, "Again we have exceeded expectations and have broken all records. Twenty nine 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".
Fancy Dress Results
1st Margaret Killian, from Kilgetty dressed as 'PUNK ROCKER' collecting for Kidney Research in memory of her daughter.
2nd Sian James, from Saundersfoot, dressed as 'OLD WITCH' collecting for Paul Satori.
3rd Tony Balfe, from Tenby, dressed as 'NEW YEAR'S DAY FREAK', collecting for Air Ambulance.
1st Lewis Family, Wogan Guest House, Saundersfoot, dressed as 'VINCE's 50TH BIRTHDAY', collecting for Meningitis Trust.
2nd Malin House, from Saundersfoot, dressed as 'SUPER MARIO', collecting for Saundersfoot Football Club.
3rd Booth Family, Saundersfoot, dressed as 'CELLO TRIO', collecting for Tenby Infant School.
OTHER GROUP ENTRIES
Tenby United Swifts
Tenby Football Under 12's
Hundleton Football Under 10's
Charlotte Rees (12 Years old) won the competition to design the logo for the new Regency Hall.
Contact: Martyn Williams, Chairman of the Organising Committee. Tel: 01834 813018.
Photographs of the swim can be obtained from Gareth Davies Photography, Tel: 07836 334436.
For video footage, please contact Joanne Randells on 07790 917476.
All photographs courtesy of