The Mayor of Folkestone (Charles E. Neate) presenting the winners trophy to Baptista Periera of Portugal.

The Mayor (Councillor Charles E. Neate) presenting the winners trophy to Baptista Periera of Portugal.

Butlin’s International Channel Swim, 1954. Leas Cliff Hotel. Folkestone, Kent. The Mayor of Folkestone (Councillor, Charles E. Neate) presenting the Winners Trophy to Baptista Periera of Portugal.

Baptista Pereira won the Billy Butlin 1954 Cross Channel Swimming Race, winning in a time of 12hrs 26secs.

In the 1959 Butlin swim he was placed 3rd in a time of 13hrs 12mins. He also entered the 1955, 1956 and 1957 swims but was unable to start.

He set a new record for the Strait of Gibraltar in 5hrs 4mins in 1956 and he again set a new record of 4hrs 34mins.

From the Sam Rockett Collection. A Black and White Photograph.

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