Naturists will be letting loose on St Annes beach next month as they take the plunge into the cold Irish Sea.
British Naturism’s St Annes Beach Day, from 11am on May 5, will see dozens of people strip off and embrace their natural beauty.
George Booth, chairman of the Blackpool and The Fylde Sun Club and British Naturism volunteer, who has been organising beach swims for two years, said: “It’s all about relaxing.
Once everybody is naked you don’t care who you’re talking to, whether it’s a duke or a dustman.
“It’s a fantastic equaliser.
“A lot of people are very nervous when they first try it but once they realise that nobody judges them it’s amazing how much confidence they gain.
“People come to our swims and they find within five minutes they are completely relaxed and chatting to everybody like they have known them for years.”
Naturism, also known as nudism, advocates personal and social nudity.
A 2008 poll, run by British Naturism, estimated there are approximately 3.7m naturists living in the UK today.
George, who lives in Fleetwood, said: “In this society a big problem is that people cannot associate nudity with anything other than sex.
That’s one thing we definitely want to avoid.
“I joined British Naturism in around 2010 and I think it’s been a great benefit.
We have got fronds from all over the country and all over the world.
One of the biggest regrets I have got is that I didn’t find out about it sooner.
“A lot of people don’t come into naturism until they’re in their 50s and they find they have a bit of time on their hands and the kids have moved out. Everybody comes along and says they wish they had done it sooner.”
To find out more about British Naturism go to www.bn.org.uk
How popular is naturism?
In 2009, it claimed a membership of about 13,000.