North East Skinny Dip: Swimmers bare all braving North Sea for charity

Hundreds of people have stripped naked and plunged into the cold waters of the North Sea to mark the autumn equinox to raise money for charity.

The North East Skinny Dip event saw throngs of naked participants frolic in the sea in Druridge Bay, Northumberland, on Sunday morning.

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Hundreds of people took part in the North East Skinny Dip (Owen Humphreys/PA)

It was the 11th such annual mass skinny dip and the initiative has raised in excess of £100,000 for Mind, a mental health charity, since 2012.

An organiser said “there is no better way to celebrate the autumn equinox than stripping down to skin at sunrise and running wild and free into the North Sea with hundreds of other people”.

North East Skinny Dip
The initiative has raised in excess of £100,000 for Mind (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Describing the event on its JustGiving page, they continued: “It is a celebration of life! Of nature! And of our own, unique, physical bodies! It is about taking a risk and embracing a moment of pure joy and freedom!

“Perhaps most importantly, it is about coming together and supporting each other in this crazy thing called life!”