Salt water ceremony from 60 years past

By Contributed in Local People

John Southall writes: We could all be excused for wondering what is going on in this week’s photo from the Bernard Chapman Collection which shows three fully-clothed adults paddling in the sea.

At first sight it looks like it could be some type of rescue, with two men helping a distressed woman from the sea.

The date is May 1957 and the location is Dawlish main beach.

The activity? Obvious really when you think about it. It’s a baptism.

The ceremony is being carried out by Leslie Partridge.

I can’t be sure but my guess is that he could be the gentleman on the right of the picture.

Was this a special occasion or a regular event which has since died out?

Perhaps readers could provide more information about what was happening, and who the other people were.

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