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Swimmers take plunge across UK for bracing Christmas morning dip

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While many people will have spent Christmas morning enjoying a bucks fizz in their pyjamas, some braved the cold weather and headed to the coast for a festive swim.

From Brighton Beach on the south coast to Portobello Beach in Edinburgh, people donned their swimming costumes or fancy dress and started Christmas Day with a bracing dip in the sea.

In Edinburgh, some people wore elf outfits and tutus before jumping in the ocean, while there were similar scenes at Tynemouth Beach in the North East.

People participate in a Christmas Day dip on Brighton beach in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Image: An annual tradition for many, the Christmas morning swim returned after cancellations last year
People enter the sea during a Christmas Day dip on Brighton beach in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Image: Many events were organised by local charities to raise money
People prepare to enter the sea during a Christmas Day dip on Brighton beach in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Image: Sea temperatures in some parts were as low as 7C

A group of women braved the cold water together, holding hands as they entered the sea.

However, due to bad conditions the dip in Felixstowe, Suffolk, was called off at the last minute.

The event is organised by St Elizabeth’s Hospice, which tweeted that the swim had been cancelled due to windy weather.

“We are so disappointed that we have to make a change like this so close to the event date,” it said.

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“It is not a decision we have taken lightly and your safety will always be our number one priority”.

A wild swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday December 25, 2021.
Image: A swimmer feels the cold at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh
Wild swimmers dry off by a fire after taking a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday December 25, 2021.
Image: Swimmers welcomed a warm fire in Edinburgh afterwards
Swimmers in fancy dress take part in a Christmas Day dip at Exmouth, Devon. Picture date: Saturday December 25, 2021.
Image: People braved the cold water at Exmouth in Devon

Before the cancellation, two swimmers were spotted wearing clown costumes and did make it into the sea, but those left disappointed included people dressed as turkeys, penguins and elves.

There were around 450 swimmers taking part in the festive swim in Weymouth, all dressed in seasonal attire.

Disappointed swimmers dressed as turkeys and a penguin stand on the beach in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where the Christmas Day dip has been called off due to adverse weather. Picture date: Saturday December 25, 2021.
Image: Disappointed swimmers dressed as turkeys and a penguin on the beach in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where the Christmas Day dip was called off due to adverse weather
A woman exits the sea after participating in a Christmas Day dip on Brighton beach in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Image: People braved the cold weather to go into the sea in Brighton
Swimmers Perry Springate (left) and Chris Johnson enter the sea dressed as clowns in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where the Christmas Day dip has been called off due to adverse weather. Picture date: Saturday December 25, 2021.
Image: People donned fancy dress, including clown costumes in Suffolk

At Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, almost 750 people turned up to take the plunge, hoping to raise £50,000 for the Macmillan Caring Locally charity.

Sea temperatures were around 9-10C, but in some parts, it was as low as 7C.

Germans take a dip into an icy lake on Christmas day
Image: Germans take a dip into an icy lake on Christmas day
A man wearing a Santa hat holds a action camera in his teeth as he surfs while celebrating Christmas at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Image: A man wearing a Santa hat surfs while celebrating Christmas at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Pic AP

The UK isn’t the only country with this Christmas Day tradition, with people enjoying the sea swims in Germany and Australia.

However, in Australia December falls in the summer, so people will be enjoying warm weather, barbeques and surfing during the festive period.

 Sky News

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