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Christmas Day swimmers prepare to take the plunge into icy water

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While most of the country was snuggling under a duvet or pulling on a Christmas jumper, these hardened swimmers were squeezing into their costumes.

Hundreds of hardened bathers have been braving wet and wintry conditions across the country to take a Christmas Day dip.

Despite torrential rain, winds of up to 30mph and temperatures as low as seven degrees - determined swimmers took the plunge at traditional swims in locations around Britain.

Around a 100 people from the Serpentine swimming club jumped into the lake at Hyde Park for the annual 100-yard dash which has been held every year since 1864.

And a group of determined swimmers took their annual Christmas dip at Brighton beach this morning - despite orders from the council not to enter the water because of dangerous weather conditions.

Brighton and Hove City Counci

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Added: Dec-25-2012 Occurred On: Dec-25-2012
By: Aleksei Durakov
Tags: Christmas Day, swimmers, icy water
Location: United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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