Swimming seems to create such a bond. It brings together people of different ages, beliefs, sizes and outlooks. And yet they seem to share an indefinable something: a lust for life, a joy in the water, a spirit of adventure, a sense of humour, and a love of cake. Today was a day when all that joy came together. It started back in May, when Jackie got married to Gordon, her partner of twenty years. Lesley had the brilliant idea of making her a wedding present from all her swimming friends. We all knitted squares, and some really creative people made beautiful applique'd ones. Several months and several meet-ups to sew them all together later, we ended up with a blanket and a wall hanging. All that remained was to jump out, Jeremy Beadle like, when she went for a dip at her favourite swimming spot, Torre Abbey Sands in Torquay. Well as you can imagine she was totally overcome as were most of us. It felt just as good to be giving as receiving. We then went for a mass dip - I lost count of the heads when I reached 25 - followed by a slap-up lunch.