Swimmers take a dip in chilly Clevedon lake

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 December 2019

Canoeists and paddle boarders at MARLENS' Light Up The Lake event.       Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Canoeists and paddle boarders at MARLENS' Light Up The Lake event. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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An event to raise money towards the upkeep of Clevedon’s Marine Lake attracts hundreds of people.

Fire dancers at MARLENS' Light Up The Lake event.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONFire dancers at MARLENS' Light Up The Lake event. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS), the charity behind the lake, hosted the event for the third year running at the seafront beauty spot.

The Light Up The Lake event welcomes people to celebrate and show their love for the lake.

To kick-off the event, a colourful samba band led the parade and crowds were also treated to a fire dance display by Darklyte Fire Collective.

Brave swimmers plunged into water as cold as 5C on Saturday, joined by canoeists and paddle boarders.

Fire dancers at MARLENS' Light Up The Lake event.       Picture: MARK ATHERTONFire dancers at MARLENS' Light Up The Lake event. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The crowds illuminated the lake as they wore bright lights and some went the extra mile and dressed up for the occasion.

MARLENS is responsible for cleaning, maintenance and fundraising for improvements carried out by volunteers.

It costs roughly £10,000 annually to run Clevedon Marine Lake.

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