DIVING DISPLAY AT THE LYTHAM PIER
Miss Beatrice Kerr, the lady champion swimmer of Australia, who
came to Lytham on Monday for the first time, proved a great attraction to the Pier. She is quite an
engaging young lady, graceful to a degree, and a thorough mistress of the natatory art. Her diving
is exceptionally thrilling, whilst her swimming is exceedingly clever. Those who saw her
performance will be pleased to see that she is coming again to-morrow afternoon, when she will go
through a more comprehensive programme than Monday's, owing to the tide being high. The neatness of
her swimming will be demonstrated in particular.
Along with her will be Professor William Stearne, Lancashire's aspirant for
English Channel fame. The latter is to give an exhibition by himself later in the afternoon-5-0
p.m.—at the conclusion of which, after a short rest, he will start from the jetty for his swim to
This will be fine training for the Channel swim, as the currents
to be encountered are somewhat similar. He will start on the ebb tide which will assist him
materially as far as St. Annes, when he will come in contact with the ebb as it moves round in the
direction of Southport. He will therefore have to wait about for the flood tide, and once in that,
he will be helped from the Starr Inn to the pier at Blackpool.
Although the distance is only about seven miles, it provides a
Channel swim in miniature. He expects to do the journey in about three to four hours, but many
doubt his abilities to accomplish this considering the currents he will have to face. A. number of
his supporters will accompany him, whilst others will follow him along the sandhills.
Blackpool Times, June 1907