The scene is Ruislip Lido, near London, July 16, and there are bathers in the water...
The scene is Ruislip Lido, near London, July 16, and there are bathers in the water...yachts sailing along in the breeze... water-skiers racing past...
A typical summer's day scene - except that the bathers are not there just for the fun of it. They are converts of the extremist Jehovah's Witnesses religious sect, - 500 of them all told.
Young and old, British and foreign, they have come for immersion-type baptism, and there to give them their mystic ducking were official "immerses", standing waist-deep in water as they performed the big dip.
The converts - men and women alike - submerged in batches of 16. One of the youngest was an 11-year-old Sikh who took his dip wearing a turban. Oldest woman "baptisee" was 81-year-old Mrs. Edith Harris of Teddington, UK.