Solent swimmer takes a dip as sun shines on city

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Hopes for a gap in the clouds were granted yesterday – six days into our Bring Me Sunshine run of features.

Gale force winds and rain became a distant memory for some lucky readers as sunlight beamed down on Portsmouth.

It was the calm after the storm that caused havoc across the area on Friday night.

Among those to take full advantage of the milder weather was retired tax inspector Graham Shaw.

Mr Shaw, 68, braved the Solent in Southsea for a 50-yard swim.

He said: ‘I go in when the weather’s not too vile.

‘We haven’t had any really cold weather. I’ve been swimming since I was three years old but I have been swimming all the year round since I retired in 2005.

‘It was slightly choppy but it was a pleasant swim.

‘It was a strong current but I got 50 yards.

‘In a mild winter I can manage a quarter of a mile all year round.’

Elsewhere Southsea an Eastney were packed with people enjoying strolls in the sunshine, making the most of the good weather while it lasted.

Some youngsters in Southsea even tasted their first al fresco ice creams of the year as the wind let up and the rain steered clear of the area.




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