“When we appointed Rory Fitzgerald to the post of Finance Manager earlier this year, we knew that he was an accomplished open water swimmer, but didn’t know how accomplished” said Cllr Steve Rippon-Swaine, Town Mayor of Ringwood.

“I was therefore exceedingly pleased to congratulate him at our Council meeting on 25th September on his outstanding and, indeed unusual, accomplishment of swimming the English Channel from Dover to Calais only two days earlier.

Rory can be rightly proud of his achievement”