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2006 Boxing Day Swim Local Press Article
A crowd of around 3,500 people packed every vantage point around the resort's North Beach on Monday to enjoy the colourful sight of 572 men, women, and children - many in fancy dress - charging for the water at the crack of a coastguard maroon. The swim was, however, particularly poignant for three survivors of last year's Boxing Day tsunami.
Solicitor Paul Cowper, his step-daughter Jo Brindley and Will Hammond had a miraculous escape from the tidal wave which struck Tangalle, the resort where they were staying in Sri Lankan. In memory of those who had lost their lives in the tragedy, they placed orchids on the water. And it was fitting that START, the Sri Lankan Trust to Aid and Rebuild Tangalle charity, founded by Paul, his wife Jane, Jo and Will, was chosen to be one of the main beneficiaries by swim organisers, the Tenby Sea Swimming Association.
The Wales Air Ambulance, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, Portfield School, Haverfordwest, and Tenby Playgroup are among the others set to benefit from the 35th annual dip, sponsored this year by Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire.
The town's Mayor, Clr. Mrs. Tish Rossiter, and her deputy, Clr. Mrs. Sue Lane, were not only on hand to give a civic salute, but also joined in the fancy dress theme of 'Legends', donning spectacular costumes as 'The Tenby two in tribute to the Jackson Five'. Others included a host of Elvis Presleys, The Supremes, Ancient Greeks, Knights of the Round Table and the Pied Piper of Hamlin.
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