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In Pictures: Hundreds brave icy waters for New Year’s Day dip

While some Britons started 2023 nursing a hangover or catching up on sleep after a late night, some were up with the lark and braved the icy waters for a New Year’s Day dip.

A swim, a quick dip or even just a paddle has become tradition for many on January 1.

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Fancy dress was key for those taking part in the Scarborough Lions New Year’s Day Dip in North Yorkshire (Danny Yorkshire/PA)
New Year’s Day dip
(Danny Lawson/PA)
New Year’s Day dip
(Danny Lawson/PA)
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Dozens had a dip in the sea further up the coast at Whitley Bay (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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(Owen Humphreys/PA)
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There were similar scenes at Barry Island in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Ben Birchall/PA)
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North of the border, the Loony Dook took place against the backdrop of the Forth Bridge (Andrew Milligan/PA)
New Year’s Day dip
(Andrew Milligan/PA)
New Year’s Day dip
(Andrew Milligan/PA)
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The Mablethorpe Big Dip in Lincolnshire saw the brave souls taking part raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Steve Atherton was particularly brave with his choice of outfit (Joe Giddens/PA)
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The Serpentine lake was the venue for New Year’s Day dippers in London (Victoria Jones/PA)
New Year’s Day dip
(Victoria Jones/PA)