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It's all downhill in Sutton Valence for the annual pram race

That baby looks rather large Credit: ITV Meridian

The annual pram race took place in the historic village of Sutton Valence in Kent on New Year's Day. Each team had to complete 2 laps of the loop road in the village, with a hair raising ride down a steep hill. During the race they also had to down pints of ale at each of the 3 pubs. The event's held every year to raise money for charity. Here's a snapshot of the day.

No need for a toilet stop then
Thank goodness we didn't wear heels
Tired but happy go-kart jockeys
Aladdin and his team take the trophy

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Swimmers brave freezing temperatures for Boxing Day swim

Bournemouth beach is packed to the brim full of swimmers during the summer, but now it seems locals are embracing the sea during winter as well. Fearless swimmers took to the waters across the South and our reporter Richard Slee, armed with a wetsuit, took a dip himself.

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Fancy dress and splashing about in the sea on Christmas Day

People in fancy dress have been taking part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemout,h to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. It must have felt VERY cold in the water!

A Christmas Day dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A chilly dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Beats the hot desert sand Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A snowman at Boscombe Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Splashing about for a good cause Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Ready for the big dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Let's hope Frosty doesn't melt Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
More than just a little dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Braving the elements for charity Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Bet they're glad it's all over! Looks cold enough! Well done all! Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Scuba-diving santa joins sharks in Hastings tank

He's used to flying high in the skies, but this year Santa's gone underwater to deliver some Christmas joy to people in Sussex.

Father Christmas donned his scuba gear and immersed himself in Hastings's Aquarium's tropical ocean display - sharing his swim with sharks, rays and hundreds of bright ray fish.

Santa spreading some Christmas spirit at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium Credit: Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium

Several metres underwater may not be the first place you’d expect to come face to face with Father Christmas.

It just goes to show there really isn’t anywhere Santa can’t deliver presents – and it’s certainly a lot warmer than the North Pole.

Santa’s unexpected dive was a particularly welcome treat for a youngster who was enjoying a birthday party at the aquarium.

Father Christmas and his elf surprised the birthday party by first going in to the café to say hello and then invited all the children to go and watch them dive – they loved it!"

– Leanna Lawson, Blue Reef Aquarium worker
Fearless Father Christmas surprised visitors to the Hastings attraction Credit: Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium
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