Intrepid dippers brave the freezing North Sea for Sheringham New Year swim
- Credit: Archant
King Neptune, Snow White and creatures ranging from lobsters and turtles, to mermaids and a vulture were among the weird and wacky characters taking part in the annual New Year's Day dip at Sheringham.
Crowds lined the promenade to watch as nearly 150 intrepid dippers aged from seven to seventy-plus lined up along the east beach before sprinting into the sea.
Organised for the second year running by Sheringham lifeboat junior helmsman Liam Cooper with the help of fellow crew members, the town's carnival committee and HM Coastguard, the event attracted hundreds of spectators.
After taking part last year, local photographer Chris Taylor, who is lifeboat helmsman, decided to stay on dry land to capture the event on camera.
'We are mad English folk and it's a bit different and a bit of fun,' he said. 'It wakes you up after the night before, but I think it is also one of those things that everyone should do once then tick it off their bucket list.'
You may also want to watch:
Organisers had been 'delighted' with the large turnout, Mr Taylor added, with numbers registering for the event amounting to three times last year's total.
Those taking part included local folk ranging from community groups to families, with day trippers and holidaymakers coming from as far afield as London, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire including brothers-in-law Lloyd Bennett, from Stevenage, and James Ougham, from Letchworth, and their children Rose, 9, and Bobby, 7.
- 1 Man in his 50s dies after head-on collision on A143
- 2 'Never seen anything like it' - Norfolk Christmas shopping frenzy has begun
- 3 How Norfolk are you? Take this quiz to find out
- 4 Chantry Place 'close to finalising deals' with four major brands
- 5 Norfolk RSPCA store appears on Rip Off Britain
- 6 'Landmark' former Tuttles store could be set for new lease of life
- 7 Police probing reports Norwich clubbers have been spiked by needles
- 8 Air ambulance and coastguard attend incident on Sheringham beachfront
- 9 Brown Derbies and Bender sausages, when Wimpy ruled fast food
- 10 Woman who died in A47 collision named
London solicitor Hannah Stockham, who signed up with husband Ben, an army captain, and friend Ellie Potter, who is a teacher at Taverham Primary School, said: 'We found it online and decided to come along as characters from the film The Little Mermaid as we thought it was a great way to start the new year.'
Mr Taylor thanked all those who had supported the event, including swimmers, spectators and staff at the Crown pub, who served up free hot drinks to those taking part.
He said: 'We tried to encourage fancy dress this year and it has gone really well, the weather has been perfect, the sea was nice and calm and we raised over £1,000 for the RNLI - more than double last year's total.'