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Ne'erday chill for hardy swimmers at Crossmichael

Loch Ken is south west Scotland's biggest loch Photo: Drew Geddes

More than 40 hardy swimmers have braved the icy cold waters of Loch Ken at Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas for the annual Ne'erday swim.

The charity swim in the village started more than 30 years ago and has raised thousands of pounds for village clubs and organisations as well as national charities.

Credit: Drew Geddes

The swimmers braved a water temperature of only four degrees and this year they were joined by a four-year-old Newfoundland called Rupert who decided it was better to go by paddle board along with owner Mathew Williams.

Rupert is an experienced rescue dog but he wasn't needed this time.

Credit: Drew Geddes

Organiser, Jim McLellan, from the local Thistle Inn said:

I've done all the swims bar last year. It's just a tradition in the village now and and great for fundraising.

This year the main fundraising is to maintain a piece of ground for the children which has been gifted to the village. Money raised will also to various organisations as well. It's a real fun way to start 2018. We get people coming from all over the the swim every year."

– Jim McLellan, event organiser