Hundreds take the plunge for charity in Southwold

167 swimmers in Southwold at this years Christmas day swim to raise money for charity

167 swimmers in Southwold at this years Christmas day swim to raise money for charity - Credit: Archant

Arrays of festive costumes were on show as more than 150 swimmers began their Christmas day with a splash as part of the annual Southwold Christmas Day Swim.

People wore all kinds of costumes for this years Southwold Christmas day swim

People wore all kinds of costumes for this years Southwold Christmas day swim - Credit: Archant

Organised by the Rotary Club of Southwold and District the event saw hundreds of crowds gather near to the beach at Gun Hill to cheer the swimmers as they braved the chilly North Sea temperatures.

167 swimmers took to the water in Southwold this Christmas as they raised �2600 so far and still com

167 swimmers took to the water in Southwold this Christmas as they raised �2600 so far and still coming in. - Credit: Archant

Alan Hardwick, secretary of Rotary Club of Southwold and District, said: 'It has been a brilliant morning and the weather was really kind to us.'

About the take the plunge as 167 swimmers ran to the sea for the Southwold Christmas day swim

About the take the plunge as 167 swimmers ran to the sea for the Southwold Christmas day swim - Credit: Archant

This year's swim is raising funds for the RNLI, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Waveney Sailability and in the five years Rotary Club of Southwold and District has been organising the annual swim, £11,000 has been raised for worthwhile causes.

A couple of those that were involved in this years Christmas day swim in Southwold

A couple of those that were involved in this years Christmas day swim in Southwold - Credit: Archant

'Its a fun event and brings the town together, but we also find people from all over the country registering to take part. It is a wonderful event and certainly works up appetites before Christmas dinner,' explained Mr Hardwick. The total for funds raised currently stands at £2,600.

Getting amongst the waves at this years Christmas day swim in Southwold

Getting amongst the waves at this years Christmas day swim in Southwold - Credit: Archant


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Happy but frozen faces at this years Christmas day swim in Southwold

Happy but frozen faces at this years Christmas day swim in Southwold - Credit: Archant

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