Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Celebration Swim at Ilkley Lido

by Edward Watson

It's the longest day of the year, and around 70 revelers at Ilkley Lido just couldn't wait to celebrate.

The eager crowd arrived at around 5am to join in the fun by going for a freezing cold dip in the lido.

It's the first time a solstice swim has taken place there, and the event was topped off with bacon baps for breakfast.

John Coulton - Bradford Council's Sports Facilities Manager - who also took part in the dip said: "Lots of people do mad things for the summer solstice like dressing up as druids on the moors.

"We just wanted to do something and we're celebrating it with a swim.

"The lido's only open for 16 weeks of the year and we're marking the start of the summer season for the lido."

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