Festive dips for charity

Christmas morning and Boxing Day for most of us is spent in a sea of discarded wrapping paper, overdoing the Quality Street, and trying to find out where you put the AA batteries.

Christmas morning for most of us is spent in a sea of discarded wrapping paper, overdoing the Quality Street, and trying to find out where you put the AA batteries.

Not so the good folk of Hunstanton and Lowestoft, where crowds turn out to watch swimmers, many in fancy dress braving the North Sea for a dip.

It's all in a good cause, of course, and these splendid folk have raised thousands of pounds over the years - so why not go along and give them your support (and your cash) this year?

The Lowestoft Christmas Day Charity Swim in front of the Hotel Hatfield on The Esplanade around 10.30am, while the Round Table Christmas Day Swim at Hunstanton returns for the 51st time to the resort (swimmers assemble in front of the Central Promenade around 10.30am).

On Boxing Day, more brave swimmers will be making a splash at Cromer where the North Norfolk Beach Runners organise their annual charity dip to the east of the pier around 11am, and at the same time a little further round the coast where Mundesley Lifeboat is doing one and sharing proceeds with the Scouts.