Peter Pan Was Frozen Over

Peter Pan Was Frozen Over

The annual Peter Pan Christmas Day swim was cancelled due to the frozen lake. The hardy members of the Serpentine Swimming Club were shut out for the first time since 1981 when London’s Hyde Park was frozen over.

Club secretary Brian Thomas jumped in where the lake ice was broken up (see below) and commented, “We just went for a quick dip and a wade in the ice. It was chilly but invigorating. It was disappointing as it’s obviously a big event. We have races every Saturday morning but this is the one everybody wants to win.”

The race was first held in 1864 and the Peter Pan Cup has been awarded since 1904 when it was introduced by novelist Sir James Barrie. Despite the freeze-out in Hyde Park, members of England’s oldest swimming club were able to take part in their annual Christmas Day dip in the English Channel where the temperature was a slightly warmer 3.3ºC (37.9ºF).



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Steven Munatones