THIS year’s Burghead Boxing Day charity swim is going to be the biggest yet.
Organisers expect more than 200 people to take the plunge into the village harbour’s waters on December 26, shattering previous records.
Because of the huge demand this year, registration for the event begins at the earlier time of noon at the harbourmaster’s office.
Swimmers are sponsored to leap into the harbour from 2.30pm in front of a bumper crowd, to raise money for Moray good causes.
A minimum of £25 has to be raised by each competitor in order for them to be signed up for the event.
Main charity to benefit at the 2013 swim is the The Archie Foundation Appeal for Dr Gray’s hospital’s children’s ward in Elgin.
Two other causes linked with cancer, CLAN in Elgin and Maggie’s Cancer Care in Inverness, will also receive donations.
Helen Main, who serves on the swim’s organising committee, said the response to the 28th staging of the swim has been phenomenal.
As well as asking the public to dig deep and help bring the fund-raising pot to record levels, organisers are asking people to donate any unwanted plastic bags to help with the cash collection process.
Bags can be handed in at 23a Grant Street, Burghead or the village post office.
First-time swimmers are also advised to study the rules of the event, which are available along with its history and more information via its website www.burgheadboxingdayswim.co.uk.
For the first time, the Boxing Day swim will not only be watched by hundreds of people around the harbour area, but for those unable to make it down, pictures will be beamed back and viewed live in The Bothy restaurant in the centre of the village.