As the year heads towards a close, it is almost time for one of the best community events on the island, the New Year’s Day dips.

This year Breast Cancer Now have, rather appropriately, teamed up with Beach Buddies to raise money for both causes.

Angie Aire told us that this year as well as the annual dip giving islanders a chance to freeze their wotsits off, the Douglas Dip has a couple of special guests in the form of Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer and his wife Lady Phillipa.

And not only with Sir John and Lady Lorimer be setting off the dip, they have also agreed to take the plunge themselves.

Please aim to meet at the Promenade Pavilion opposite the Queen’s Pub for 11.30am onwards, along with your signed and printed Signup Form (if you can’t print a form, then don’t worry as there will be spare forms available at the event) or if you have signed up online, then just let us know your participation number. You will be allocated with a wristband that must be worn at all times.

Angie also asked us to pass on a big thanks to sponsors Canada Life ‘for their continued support to our event’. And to say that Lucy with the Barista Express will on hand to serve out some hot drinks.


Obviously while it is all a good laugh, there is also the serious element of raising money for these great causes. To do that, click here or download the from the bottom of this page.


Unfortunately there is an element of health and safety as well. To take part, you must, get registered. Again you can either click here and download the form or register online, use the one we’ve attached to the bottom of the page or there will be ones available on the day.

Marshals (in pink hi-vis vests) will be on hand to help you register for the dip and for your safety on the day. The Dip is weather-dependant, so if its a bit choppy in the bay then we’ll update our socials to inform people it’s not going ahead, but hopefully that won’t be a factor.

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