Hundreds of spectators turned out in South Shields to support the dippers jumping in the North Sea.
Hundreds of people braved freezing sea waters yesterday to take part in a charity plunge.
Boxing Day Dips' took place around the region, including in South Shields, Seaham, Seaton Carew and Redcar.
Hundreds of people in Redcar also took to the North Sea.
Around 160 swimmers braved the icy waters of the North Sea for Whitby's traditional Boxing Day Dip.
Thousands of people lined the town's west pier to watch the annual spectacle, which is organised by the local Lions club to raise money for charity.
The hardiest souls spent up to 20 minutes in the water which at this time of year hovers around a chilly nine degrees celsius.
Thousands of people turned out at Seaburn in Sunderland to mark Boxing Day.
The icy North Sea welcomed the brave as they took the traditional steps and, in turn, raised thousands of charity.
One of the participants was Nicholas Deighan, 28, from East Boldon, said: "The sea was absolutely freezing.
"You know it's cold when you can't feel your feet but you're still walking! I had a good time, though."
Hundreds of swimmers around the region have plunged themselves into icy sea waters... in the name of charity. The event is called 'The Big Boxing Day Dip' and was held on different beaches, including South Shields, Seaham and Seaton Carew.
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