Merewether Mackerels kick off 40th season

Friendship and fitness has kept the Merewether Mackerels going for 40 years, but Alf Carpenter reckons being a bit mad never hurt either.

The 95-year-old life member was one of about 50 swimmers who kicked off the winter swimming club’s 40th season today in relatively tropical 22°C water.

‘‘It’s not much good for winter swimming, we need it colder than that,’’ Mr Carpenter said.

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Read more from Alf Capenter and the Merewether Mackerals in the Newcastle Herald tomorrow.

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