Hundreds take the plunge at the annual Lowestoft Christmas Day swim

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2016

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2016 - Credit: Archant

There were plenty of smiles and chattering teeth as hundreds of brave people took the plunge for charity this Christmas day.

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2016

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2016 - Credit: Archant

More than 200 swimmers, dressed in a variety of costumes from lobsters and Pokémon characters to Santa Claus and his elves, participated in the 39th official Lowestoft Christmas Day swim raising money for charity.

Crowds gathered on the beach and promenade, in front of the Hatfield Hotel, to cheer the swimmers on as they ran towards the chilly North Sea by the Claremont Pier on Christmas morning.

One swimmer Nathan Slater, 28, said: 'Today has been warmer than previous years and I am just about getting the feeling back in my feet.

'I am friends with Matt Stebbings, who helps organise today, and we have been taking part in the swim for ten years now- there is always a good turn-out.'

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2016

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2016 - Credit: Archant

Hosted by Sentinel Leisure Trust the event is raising money for Waveney Gymnastics Club, Pathways Care Farm, Waveney Deaf Children's Society, Marina Theatre Trust, Lowestoft Thursday Club, Ollies Heroes, Brian Gallagher Football Fund, Lowestoft Lions, Lowestoft Lifeguard Volunteer Corp and St Johns Ambulance.

Matt Stebbings, Sport and Business Development officer at Sentinel Leisure Trust, said: 'Thank you to everyone who came along today and to Lowestoft lifeboat and the coastguard teams for their support.

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'It's all about raising money for local charities and this year looks like we have just under 250 people taking part which is great to see.

'We will back again same time, same place next year for the 40th swim and hope to see even more people.'

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