Tyne & Wear

Whitley Bay charity dippers brave chilly waters

Whitley Bay dip, 1 Jan, 2015 Image copyright PA

Hundreds of people put on their swimming costumes for an annual New Year's Day charity dip on Tyneside.

Many wore fancy dress as they ventured into the water at Whitley Bay at 11:00 GMT.

The temperature was 3C but it did not deter those taking part as they dashed into the sea. In previous years it has snowed.

The now annual event is organised by the Panama Swimming Club, which is based in Whitley Bay.

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