Unless something very exciting happens it can be hard to fill those short festive news bulletins. On Christmas Day 1965, someone at ITN thought it would be a good idea to send reporter John Shearer to Hyde Park to interview those hardy souls who undertake the annual race in the Serpentine.
After a quick interview with one man and his dog (and his son Martin) about the curative effect of the cold swim on a hangover, Shearer seems to have decided to join them.
A brave man, cheered on (“Come on,John!”) by an off-screen and (no doubt properly clothed) ITN crew, Shearer emerges in his trunks looking somewhat shocked from the ‘perishing’ water.
The report ends with Shearer draped in a towel, interviewing a sprightly 74 year old, a winner of the race in 1940, a regular at the Serpentine who was enjoying his 45th Christmas swim.