Polar Bear Dip thrills spectators

The 7th annual Polar Bear Dip in support of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame took place on frozen Mill Pond on Sunday in Alexandria’s Island Park, as dozens of spectators huddled around the open cut through the ice.

In unseasonably mild conditions of +3 Celsius, as a stiff breeze blew from the west, the brave dippers took their turns plunging into the icy water, two at a time, much to the delight of those assembled.

William Manley and Cameron Poirier led things off, with Poirier opting for the swam dive entry, while Manley decided to go knees first trying for a cannonball splash.

With John Hope serving as emcee, Kyle Lalonde and Johnathon Newton were next to take the plunge. Jacob Cameron and Becky Pieterson followed, both going for a cannonball entry.

Allison Ducette and Laurie Otter Ducette adopted a St. Patrick’s Day theme for their attire, while Maggy Hope and Elsie Edwards went with Highland fling garb.

Red-clad Brooke Lapierre and Ashton MacDonald took the plunge holding hands for support. Michel Diotte and Amanda Hope jumped next, with Diotte looking like he was all ready for summer.

Veteran Cathy MacLean, in her seventh straight event, took the plunge with colourfully-clad Greyson Hope.

Alan Cameron, dressed for the golf course, closed out the plunging along with Rodney Shepherd, the brains behind this annual event.

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