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Christmas Day dip in doubt as Brighton beach is closed

The annual Christmas Day swim on Brighton beach is likely to be postponed until next year after the council decided to close part of the beach for a second year running.

Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge near Brighton Pier in 2009 Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said that "high winds and dangerous conditions" had prompted the decision.

Fiona Southwell of the Brighton Swimming Club, which organises the annual dip, said she would be making a decision tomorrow as to whether its members would swim.

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