Did you take part in first swimarathon?

Lytham St Annes Lions' first swimarathon in 1987
Lytham St Annes Lions' first swimarathon in 1987
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Do you recognise yourself from this picture of Lytham St Annes Lions’ first swimarathon in 1987?

Lions officials found it in their archives as they were preparing for this year’s event and would love to put names to faces as they get set to celebrate the swimarathon’s 30th year.

The event has raised around £100,000 for various charities over the last three decades.

That includes some £30,000 over the last three, which has seen the focus put on aiding cardiac health, including funding defibrillators for local schools.

A target of £15,000 has been set for this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, January 31.

The cash would go towards funding health advice for primary school pupils as well as heart screening for more young people after 200 were checked last year by the Cry (Cardiac Risk In The Young) organisation.

A total of 54 teams of eight people took part in the Swimarathon earlier last year and Lions officials are confident at least that many will be involved this time.

The 1987 photo shows the then Mayor of Fylde, Coun Joan Mason, klaxon in hand, ready to start the first Swimarathon with Lions president Gordon Washington (right) and Lions member John Bailey (left). The team name of the girls ready to start swimming was the Crazy Crawlers.

A Lions spokesman said: “The first Swimarathon attracted 180 entries – this year’s entrants will be at least 432. We are delighted with the way the event has grown over the years and that we ha ve eebn able to help so many good causes.”

If you recognise yourself on the picture, email tony.durkin@lsaexpress.co.uk or call (01253) 361888.

More details about this year’s event are available from Joe Woods on (01772) 679766.