Brave Brits strip off and plunge into icy water for Christmas Day dip

Stripping off for an icy cold dip in the sea is a Christmas Day tradition showing no sign of slowing up for daring Brits.

Brave beachgoers hit the water up and down the country on Saturday dressed in festive attire.

Those in Scotland refused to let the breezy 3C degrees weather put a halt to proceedings, even with snow and wind thrashing down not too much further north.

Donning a variety of Christmas hats, both humans and pets braved the cold waters kitted out in elf outfits and tutus to jump into the ocean.

People also gathered at Tynemouth Beach in the North East, where similar Christmas costumes were worn by swimmers.

A photographer was stationed at Portobello beach in Edinburgh to capture a man disguised as a Christmas tree, put a green and gold twist on Daniel Craig's famous Bond sea exit.

At the same beach was a woman who wanted a taste off all the action but only a slice of the freezing temperatures by diving into the sea in a wetsuit and Santa hat.

She can be seen taking a thrashing from the North Sea while wading through.

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Down in Brighton, East Sussex friends fully embraced the chill to pose for a photo with the channel above their waists.

The group of seven were pictured proudly raising their arms to celebrate making it into the sea together in late December.

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A woman who topped her white swimming costume off with a Santa hat of her own was capturing the memorable Christmas Day experience on her phone.

Just a few yards in front of her ready for their photo to be taken are two hugging women also seasonally clad, surrounded by the foam of crashing waves.

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A glass of red wine awaited all those who took part in the annual Christmas Morning swim in the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, west London.

Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club not only submerged themselves in wild water but raced in the water over 100 yards for a chance to lift the Peter Pan Cup.

The race has been held every year since 1864.

However, due to bad conditions, the dip at Felixstowe, Suffolk was called off at the last minute, leaving many disappointed spectators and swimmers.

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In a series of tweets, St Elizabeth's Hospice, which was hosting the event, said their Christmas Day Dip was been postponed due to windy weather.

The organisation tweeted they were advised that the safety of the participants in the sea could not be guaranteed due to the adverse conditions.

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It tweeted: "We are so disappointed that we have to make a change like this so close to the event date.

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

They added that they knew the postponement would be a "huge disappointment to many" and that "attending the event is a family tradition and so many people were braving the cold in memory of their loved ones".

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