Naked bathers defy the weather in Lewes

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THE third annual Midsummer Skinny Dip at the Pells Pool in Lewes was a success despite the weather claimed organiser Matthew Britnell.

About 40 people turned up for this year’s event, an amazing 19 of whom paid on the door on the night in full knowledge that the weather conditions were far from ideal.

However, only about half of those who bought advance tickets at the cheaper rate turned up. It rained on and off during the day on Saturday, but had cleared by the evening and in the event coverings were needed more as wind breaks than rain shelters during the early part of the evening.

Skinny dippers enjoyed swimming, picnicking, a barbecue, and music.

Matthew, of Western Road, Lewes, said that it was “still good fun and just scraped a small surplus for the Brighton Naked Bike Ride and for another Skinny Dip, showing that there is a market for swimming naturally even in less favourable conditions”.

Skinny dippers were also able to have their body outline traced and drawn onto A4 card by means of a special reducing pantograph drawing aid designed and made by graphic artist Nick Sayers.

“It was fun having Nick’s contraption there,” said Matthew. “After drawing a few people he had invitations to bring it to both schools and naturist clubs, which I suppose aren’t requests he usually gets together!”

The Skinny Dip will be back next year, on a Saturday evening in July.