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Festive Moray: Burghead Boxing Day Swim looks to make a Big Splash

By Alistair Whitfield

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Santa swoops down towards the cold water back in 2013. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Santa swoops down towards the cold water back in 2013. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Folk across Moray are busy daring each other as the festive countdown continues to this year's Burghead Boxing Day swim.

The tradition of jumping into the village harbour's icy waters dates back all the way to 1986.

And once more on, December 26, hardy souls will be lining up this year to give it a go.

Jamie Campbell, who now organises, wasn't even born when the event began.

Having the plunge himself in 2015, his first year in charge, the 30-year-old said: "It's not as cold in the water as you think it might be.

"It's when you get out that it really hits you. The trick is to make sure you have a big towel ready.

"Whether you're planning on jumping ot just coming along to watch – it's a great family day out.

"The cheers that go up from the crowd are incredible whenever someone leaps. The response lifts you."

The three charities that will benefit this year are all based locally.

Two of them – Outfit Moray and Wild Things – encourage young people to take part in outdoor activities.

Scotia Medical Group, meanwhile, provides free first aid training to community groups.

Burghead Boxing Day Swim will begin at 2.30pm on Monday, December 26.

Jumpers can register from noon onwards.

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