Hundreds brave chilly sea for festive charity swims

Hundreds of swimmers have braved the chilly North Sea for a festive dip for charity.

Hundreds brave sea for festive swim in Cromer

Crowds gathered at Cromer Pier in North Norfolk on Boxing Day to watch hundreds of people take a swim in the sea for charity.

Some were in fancy dress for the event, organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners. It proved to be as popular as ever.

Many were keen to get in the sea, but just as keen to get out again.

Money raised will go to the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association.

Click above to see some of the festive fun.

Hundreds take part in Boxing Day swim

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Hundreds of people braved a swim in the North Sea this morning for the annual Boxing Day Dip at Cromer on the Norfolk Coast. Many of those taking part wore fancy dress and some of them went in three times.

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They were watched by hundreds more people along the promenade near the town's pier. Organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners this year's event raised money for the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association for people with disabilities.

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St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas Day dip

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