Cool dippers descend Dalintober slip

The Courier team: 'cyclist' Mark Davey and a pair of octupuses Hannah O'Hanlon and Rebecca Harvey. 50_c01dipfordosh09 Photo by Warren Harvey.

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A pair of octopuses, a crab, two bananas, a cockerel and possibly a pharaoh took the plunge at the fifth Dalintober Dip for Dosh.

In addition, a large contingent wore traditional swimming gear, including bikinis, as they splashed round the bay formed by the old quay.

Piper Ian McKerral played tunes including Campbeltown Loch and Mull of Kintyre to encourage dippers into the water.

High spring tides meant there was no beach for the traditional run into the surf. Bathers entered down the slip and many chose to jump into the water.

Numbers were slightly down on 2017, which was attributed to flu that has caused many to suffer a prolonged infection.

None of this seemed to bother the large crowd of spectators, in cool but dry conditions, who filmed and photographed the event from North Shore Street.

Later a party atmosphere developed as swimmers tucked into a buffet lunch, including barbecued sausages, largely provided by members of the Dalintober Beach Regeneration Group and Campbeltown Sailing Club.

As the Courier went to press the total amount raised at the event was still to be finalised.