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Brits brave cold water for annual New Year's Day dip

Swimmers take part in the Loony Dook New Year's Day swim. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Revellers across the UK took part in the New Year's Day dip to mark the beginning of 2013.

Some swimmers wore weird, wacky and wonderful fancy dress costumes as they braved the cold water in England, Wales and Scotland.

Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day Dip at Whitley Bay in North Tyneside. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The dip turned out to be a hair-raising experience for some. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Fortunately, the sun was out for those taking part. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Around 1,000 people took part in Loony Dook - the annual dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry.

Other events also took place in Scotland today including a sled dogs race at Holyrood Park and a triathlon which saw competitors swim 400 metres of the Royal Commonwealth Pool, cycle 11 miles around Arthur's Seat and then run 3.5 miles.

A swimmer holds aloft a Scottish flag after taking a dip in the river Forth. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire
Four men dressed as penguins also take part in the Loony Dook in Scotland. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire
Two women in Scottish attire also took part in Loony Dook. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A video of the New Year's Day dip in Barry Island, Wales, was posted on YouTube.

Swimmers can be heard screaming as they enter the cold water, with scores of people on the beach offering their support to the New Year's dippers.

Those taking part in the dip in Clevedon, Somerset, were treated to blue skies and sunshine for the annual event.

Some decided to brave the water in fancy dress at the Marine Swimming Lake. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Swimmers in Clevedon, Somerset, also decided to take a dip. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A large crowd on Broadstairs beach watched on as dozens raced into the sea on the east Kent coast.

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