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Publication date:- 2017-01-06

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A splashing start to 2017 at 'The Fernley'
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

THE Fernley has been held yet again...  2016 might have been a cold, but 2017 felt colder still for those taking part and for spectators alike! That did not put hundreds of people from watching this amazing New Years Day challenge taking place. Even more shocking was that Jonathan Cunningham MBE, from Storm Consultancy, told us that:- "With less than 24 hours to go, even more people signed up to do this unique New Years Event!" Sadly not all the people did the full course, only doing the run, but some of those taking part even did the swim, in the icy cold water and braved the bitter wind! Just before the event set off, from the Marine Café, on the lakeside, locals also got a chance to see Southport Lifeboat’s brand new called:- "RESCUE..."

The Fernley is the latest Southport event which will take place on New Year's Day 2016. This New Year event 'oddity' aims to commemorate one of the largest lifeboat disasters ever; the tragic loss of 27 lifeboat men, 14 from Southport and 13 from St Annes, Lytham who launched to save the stricken 'Mexico' boat on 9 December 1886.

This year The Fernley proudly supported both the Southport Lifeboat (SORT) and the Community Link Foundation (CLF).

To find out more about this event visit:- TheFernley.Co.UK  and if you are willing to help 'celebrate the brave' and start 2018 on a fresh, log on to see how you can sign up!

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