Members Out & About - New Years Eve/New Years Day.

Several members were out and about with their cameras over the holiday period and one event visited was the New Years Eve Winter Festival Parade and Firework display in Newcastle. At this event community groups in some amazing costumes made there way from the Monument to the Civic Centre accompanied by fire eaters, drummers and stilt walkers and finished with a spectacular firework display.

Another event was the Panama Swimming Clubs New Years Day Dip at Whitley Bay. Over 100 people in fancy dress costumes took to the freezing waters of the North Sea to welcome in the New Year. A whistle blown at 11 am was the signal for dippers to take the plunge and Dave and Elaine illingworth captured some of the hardy souls below, who raised money for local charity with there efforts. Fortunately there is no record of Dave entering the water as he forgot his luminous speedos. Several dips were held around the North East on Boxing Day and New Years Day and could be a good source of people images for members to consider in the future.