In the dock: Bristol wild swimmers flout harbour ban in fight for city lido

Rebels call for a designated public swimming area in the working dock, in the style of Copenhagen’s successful model

The emerald-green water in Bristol’s floating harbour shimmers invitingly in the warm morning sunshine. A group of seven swimmers check for signs of the harbour master, then for the third time this summer slip quickly into its cool, refreshing embrace, with delighted gasps and gentle splashes.

“It’s so nice. I’m not usually a morning person, but this is like a shot of coffee,” calls Lindsey Cole, 38, before turning and flicking her mermaid tail to break the mirror-flat surface.

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