Hundreds attempt world record for skinny dipping

Brave swimmers attempt to set a new world skinny dip record. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Hundreds of people braved the cold this morning in Northumberland as they attempted to set a new world record for the biggest ever skinny dip.

200 plunged into the sea in their birthday suits at sunrise this morning as part of the North East Skinny Dip in Druridge Bay.

The event was organised to try and break the world record for the most people taking part, as well as raise money for mental health charity Mind. Unfortunately organisers said they think the number fell short of breaking the world record.

Organiser Jacqueline Higginson said the event was a celebration as well as a novel way to raise money for a charity close to her heart. She said:

Today loads of us ran naked into the sea to raise money for Mind and to celebrate ourselves and our bodies. I did a skinny dip last year where we broke the world record, I don't think there was enough to do it today but there was enough of us for it to be a lot of fun. We chose Mind because I feel very close to the issues around mental health both personally and as a paramedic as I see it all around me. And hopefully I think we have raised thousands of pounds.

The money raised will go to Mind, the mental health charity. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

People taking part said they also used it to mark the Autumn Equinox.