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2nd January 2018

River Dip, Water High
or ... The Walrus Nativity 2018

The 2018 Walrus New Year Dip in the River Lew featured a Nativity complete with stable, golden star and a variety of Kings and Shepherds in attendance. The Walruses pretended to be kids under the supervision of Miss, who endeavoured to keep everyone under control. With Mary off behind the bike sheds (which soon burned down) and flour bombs raining everywhere she brought the sketch to a timely conclusion as 'baby' Jesus appeared in the manger. Then it was time to jump into the river, which this year was waist-high for some participants. Their two minutes of immersion duly endured, the Walruses retired to the bonfire (ex-bike shed) to warm up). Then it was back to the Cricket Club to enjoy hot food and drinks. Well done Walruses. Local good causes benefit from the event, which has been held annually for decades and is one of Hatherleigh's most revered traditions.



The definitive pic?

All images by Geoff Hodgkinson 2018.


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