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New Year Yarmouth swim called off

PUBLISHED: 17:03 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:40 03 July 2010

The flu and the winter vomiting bug have caused tomorrow's annual New Year's Day Dip in Great Yarmouth to be postponed.

It was hoped that about 25 people would take the plunge as they dived into the North Sea in the fourth annual swim organised by Great Yarmouth Football Club.

The flu and the winter vomiting bug have caused tomorrow's annual New Year's Day Dip in Great Yarmouth to be postponed.

It was hoped that about 25 people would take the plunge as they dived into the North Sea in the fourth annual swim organised by Great Yarmouth Football Club.

But because the flu and an outbreak of the norovirus has decimated participant numbers the event had to be called off at the last moment.

Last year's dip raised about £400 for good causes as 200 people gathered to watch plucky swimmers brave the chilly waves.

Tomorrow's swim was due to raise funds for local blind charities.

Organiser Anne Jones said: “I am afraid with a lot of people coming down with the flu or norovirus it seemed sensible to cancel the dip.

“Everybody seems to be coughing or spluttering. But the dip will be back in 2010.”

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