Margaret Feather, Great Britain, & Damian Piza Beltran, of Mexico, Folkestone Pool

Margaret Feather

Folkestone Pool 1954. Margaret Feather of England, being photographed by Damian Piza Beltran of Mexico who were competing in the same race.

Feather was unsuccessful in 1950,1952 and 1953. She has swum Morecambe Bay, In 1953 she was awarded the first women for effort in the Nile Swim. (only two finishers) She was the first woman to complete the Capri Naples swim. She finished Butlin’s International Channel Swim, 1954.

Damien was unsuccessful, he swam for 5 hours, and at the date of the swim was 36 years old. In 1955 he again swam in a Billy Butlin swim and was one of the four finishers in that race, his swim time was 15hrs. and 8 mins. He was also successfull in 1953 in a time of 15hrs 23mins. It was an independant swim. He was the first Mexican to swam the Channel. He doubled up on film for Johnny Weissmuller, in the Tarzan films. He was also a crooner in a Night Club.

From the Sam Rockett collection A Black and White photograph.

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