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Picture gallery: “Freezing but liberating” - more than 100 people take part in charity dip at Gorleston beach

13:14 24 February 2013

People going for a dip/swim in the freezing cold North Sea at Gorleston to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Picture: James Bass

People going for a dip/swim in the freezing cold North Sea at Gorleston to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Picture: James Bass

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More than 100 people braved near-freezing cold conditions to take a dip in the sea at Gorleston today.

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About 125 people, some in fancy dress others in just bikinis - waded into the freezing cold water this morning to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The dip was organised by Bradwell mum Alexandra Sayers whose four-year-old son Enzo has CF. At last count, the dip had raised more than £9,000.

“It was unbelievably freezing,” said 29-year-old Roz Ward, of Bradwell.

“Freezing, but liberating.

“We jumped out of a plane to raise money last year and I think I’d rather jump out of a plane twice than do this again.”

“I didn’t expect it to be so painful,” said 17-year-old Rosette Andrews, of Norwich.

“But we’re friends of Alex and we’ve been supporting her the whole way. She’s raised so much already and she’s so confident with what she’s doing - that’s why so many people turned out today.”

Weatherquest forecasters at the University of East Anglia said the temperatures this weekend have been around 1-3C but a few light snow flurries and the wind have made it feel much colder.

• See more pictures from today’s dip in our picture gallery.

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