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.
Jarrow born Josef Craig has spoken of his delight after winning a second gold medal at he IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. He scooped victory in the S7 100 metres freestyle. The 16 year old held off Australia's Matthew Levy in the 100 metres last night, winning by 0.15 seconds.
It's the latest win in a sensational week for the outstanding athlete who also won gold in Monday's S7 400m freestyle, breaking his own world record by nearly two seconds. Craig won a silver medal in the S7 50m freestyle on Wednesday.
Josef shot to international fame after becoming Britain's youngest Paralympic gold medallist at the 2012 Games in London.
The City of Newcastle ASC has had swimmers competing at international level every year since 1982, but it may not survive if its home, the City Pool in the city centre, is closed because of council budget cuts.