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Record 1,500 take part in Porthcawl Christmas swim

Organisers say a record 1,500 swimmers took a dip in the sea as part of Porthcawl's Christmas Morning Swim.

The crowds flocked to Sandy Bay beach in fine weather this morning. Credit: Owen Richards / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

A further 3,000 spectators are estimated to have watched on.

Swimmers braved the cold water in a range of Christmas fancy dress outfits. Credit: Owen Richards / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is marking its 50th anniversary, and raises money for a number of local charities and organisations.

Swimmers brave water in Porthcawl on Christmas morning

Many swimmers wore fancy dress as they took to the water. Credit: Wales News Service

Huge crowds have turned out for the Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim.

Swimmers braved the cold sea water at Porthcawl. Credit: Wales News Service

The event is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and raising money for local charities and projects.

The event is raising money for a number of charities and local projects. Credit: Wales News Service

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Over 1,000 expected for 50th Porthcawl Christmas swim

More than 1,000 people are expected to brave the cold sea later, as Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim marks its 50th anniversary.

Fancy dress is encouraged for those daring to take part. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

Organisers are hoping for a record attendance, at what is now one of the UK's largest festive swims.

Swimmers are due to gather from 10.30am - before the official start at the top of the beach at 11.45am.

Around 1,000 people took part last year - and organisers expect even more today. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is raising money for a series of charities and local projects.

Porthcawl fire 'likely to take 24 hours to put out'

Jennie Griffiths from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says that the large fire in Porthcawl involved around two acres of thick gorse which is well alight - and firefighting efforts are likely to continue for 24 hours.

Fears Porthcawl fire may spread

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says around 25 firefighters are now tackling a large blaze on the seafront in Porthcawl.

A fire service spokesperson confirmed they are trying to bring the fire under control quickly, due to concerns it may spread, in a strong breeze.

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Disruption in Porthcawl due to grass fire

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said around 70 square metres of grass was "well alight" on the seafront in Porthcawl.

South Wales Police is advising drivers to stay away from the Locks Common area, with road closures due to the blaze.

Large grass fire in Porthcawl

This photograph shows smoke from the fire billowing over Porthcawl. Credit: Lloyd Williams

There is a large grass fire on the seafront in Porthcawl.

Five fire appliances are fighting the blaze, which has caused road closures in the West Drive and Locks Common area.

Firefighters are tackling the seafront blaze. Credit: Benjamin Rock

In pictures: Porthcawl's Rainbow Run

The charity Ty Hafan is holding its first ever 'Rainbow Run' fundraising event in Porthcawl.

Along the 5km route, participants get showered with different colours of powder paint.

There are around 1,200 people taking part today, aiming to raise £50,000.

The starting line of the 5k event Credit: Tom Sheldrick/ITV News
People get powder paint thrown on them as they run Credit: Tom Sheldrick/ITV News
Around 1,000 people turned up to the event on Coney Beach, Porthcawl Credit: Tom Sheldrick/ITV News
A very different colour at the finish line! Credit: Tom Sheldrick/ITV News
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