WATCH: Are you ready for Thursday’s Duck Dive?

The Portstewart Duck Dive.
The Portstewart Duck Dive.

Unless other gallant volunteers can be recruited it is likely that this year’s Portstewart Duck Dive will be the last, say the organisers.

The current organising committee have been handling the St Patrick’s Day event for over 20 years and feel that the time has come to step down.

The Duck Dive was first conceived back in the early eighties by George McCann and the late Len Forbes who handed the event over to the present team about 20 years ago.

The 2016 event will go ahead as usual with divers jumping into the Portstewart Herring Pond wearing fancy dress or swimming costumes on St Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17 at 1pm.

Sponsorship money collected by participants will go to the Portrush Lifeboat Station which supports both ‘Severn Class’ and ‘D Class’ vessels.

Prizes kindly donated by local businesses for the best costumes, are awarded after the event at the Duck Dive Party at Shenanigans complex in Portstewart where there is free Irish stew for participants and live music.

There will also be a raffle with prizes, again donated by local businesses. The amount of money raised has increased from a few hundred pounds in the early eighties to several thousands in recent years with the total amount amassed over the past 20 years in excess of £60,000.

Sponsorship forms are available at the Portstewart Arms, The Anchor Bar, Shenanigans and Portstewart Burger Club.