In Pictures: Swimmers take the plunge for bracing Christmas Day dip

Swimmers pose in the sea at Felixstowe, Suffolk (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers pose in the sea at Felixstowe, Suffolk (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

Swimmers have turned their backs on a roaring fire at home to take part in Christmas Day dips across the UK.

A dog wearing a Christmas jumper runs along the sand at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
A dog wearing a Christmas jumper runs along the sand at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
A swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
A swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
A wild swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
A wild swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

Despite snow falling in parts of Scotland many were determined to take the plunge in Edinburgh

Swimmers tried to forget the chill as they took a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers tried to forget the chill as they took a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers dry off by a fire after taking a Christmas Day dip at a beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers dry off by a fire after taking a Christmas Day dip at a beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Santa ditched some of his costume for a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Santa ditched some of his costume for a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
The sea was quite bracing in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
The sea was quite bracing in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

People dressed up for the occasion at the beach in Felixstowe Suffolk.

Swimmers in fancy dress run into the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers in fancy dress run into the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers Perry Springate and Chris Johnson dressed as clowns for their Christmas dip (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers Perry Springate and Chris Johnson dressed as clowns for their Christmas dip (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
At least the penguin would not have been put off by the cold weather (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
At least the penguin would not have been put off by the cold weather (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers in fancy dress pose in the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Swimmers in fancy dress pose in the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Maybe it was best to start with a paddle (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Maybe it was best to start with a paddle (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

Not to be outdone by swimmers from elsewhere in the country, an intrepid few took to the water in the North East.

A group of swimmers run into the water for a Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)
A group of swimmers run into the water for a Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)
The swimmers cheer after the bracing Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)
The swimmers cheer after the bracing Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)
Dressed for the occasion… a woman walks along the beach (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Dressed for the occasion… a woman walks along the beach (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
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