27/05/2014 by Carl Reynolds
This time last year, Mrs Ape won the Rose Merritt Bowl, and established a new tradition – the winner has to swim naked in honour of Rose Merritt. Rose was a member of the SLSC in the days when nude bathing was not only considered unremarkable, but also de rigour. Rose herself also earned a living taking her clothes off to enable the local art students to understand the form and beauty of an everyday human body. Unfortunately these days we seem to have succumbed to a combination of prudishness and teenage titilasciousness; such that nudity is either seen as a sign of mental illness, a Femen protest, an Oo-er Mother moment or an attempt to pervert a minor. In spite of all this, Mrs Ape went and won again. And fulfilled tradition by swimming two lengths of Tooting Bec Lido sans cossie, as evidenced below.