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.

To warm-up prior to the event the assembled swimmers took part in a mass performance of Gangnam Style. It was then up to International rugby referee Nigel Owens to lay down the rules and signal the starting whistle! The swimmers were sent on their way by a firework launch courtesy of Westcoast Fireworks. Such was the excitement, Nigel Owens fully joined in the spirit of the event. The swim was remarkable for another reason too this year as we has our first marriage proposal, so congratulations to the newly engaged couple.

Onlookers were also treated to a visit from the Tenby’s RNLI Lifeboat - ‘Haydn Miller’.

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.


Tenby United Swifts

Pembroke RFC

Merthyr RFC

Neyland RFC

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.

Website: www.saundersfootnyds.co.uk

Swim Facts:

  • Event organisers – Saundersfoot Festivities
  • First swim was in 1984
  • Nearly £400,000 raised to date
  • A record £46,166 was raised in 2009, benefiting 55 charitable and worthy causes.
  • 2012 swim raised £40,262.
  • The event is sponsored by Powells Cottage Holidays, Pembrokeshire
  • Two individuals have never missed a swim - Chris Williams & John Joseph
  • Celebrities including Colin Jackson, Ellie Simmonds and Behnaz Akhgar have helped promote the 2013 swim. Their photos, and those of other famous faces, can be viewed on the website - www.saundersfootnyds.co.uk - click on ‘Stars in our Shirts’.

All photographs courtesy of


2013 swim

2013 swim