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Bold Brits brave the brrr: New year’s day swimmers take the plunge despite freezing temps



Locals make a splash in icy waters across the UK, from St. Andrews to Mablethorpe

In a chilly start to the New Year, fearless revelers across the UK took the plunge into freezing waters, defying plummeting temperatures to partake in the traditional New Year‘s Day swims. From St. Andrews to Mablethorpe, the nation welcomed 2024 with a refreshing dip.

Despite temperatures as low as 6C, crowds gathered on shorelines for events such as the Mablethorpe Big Dip in Lincolnshire, where swimmers braved the icy waters to raise funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The sight of locals sporting Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and Christmas-themed attire added a touch of festive spirit to the annual event.

In St. Andrews, Fife, and other locations, residents made a splash in hilarious attire, with one brave soul even donning a full Father Christmas costume. The Yuletide spirit remained alive as swimmers, undeterred by the morning chill, embraced the tradition with gusto.

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In East Wittering, West Sussex, the creativity reached new heights as residents dressed up as crabs, zebras, and even Super Mario before taking the plunge. Meanwhile, the Bath Tube Race in Poole saw crews racing unique vessels along the quay, with participants donning Oompa-Loompa and Hawaiian costumes.

Despite rainy conditions in North Somerset, swimmers at Clevedon Marina Lake stripped down to their speedos, diving off makeshift platforms. The hardy souls in East Wittering, however, stole the show with their imaginative outfits.

As Brits ushered in the new year with these quirky traditions, the Met Office issued warnings of plummeting temperatures and the possibility of snow settling over high ground in northern parts of the UK between January 5 and January 14. Despite weather challenges, the resilient spirit of New Year’s revelers prevailed.

In the face of 75mph winds and heavy rain on New Year’s Eve, communities gathered across the nation, undeterred, to kick off 2024. From Mablethorpe’s charitable efforts to the quirky Bath Tube Race in Poole, Brits showcased their resilience, proving that neither rain nor snow could dampen the festive spirit on this special day.


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