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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Fiona Boyd, Kyla Philips and Helen Armstrong. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Fiona Boyd, Kyla Philips and Helen Armstrong. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Podsters Swimming Club. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Podsters Swimming Club. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Daniel Howes, Sev.G and Tiga Dengie. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Daniel Howes, Sev.G and Tiga Dengie. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Richard, Mark and Samantha Aston Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Richard, Mark and Samantha Aston Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Kyla Philips and Helen Armstrong. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Kyla Philips and Helen Armstrong. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Ruth Donnell and Debbie Irwin Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Ruth Donnell and Debbie Irwin Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Sev.G, Daniel Howes and Tiga Dengie. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Sev.G, Daniel Howes and Tiga Dengie. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 Debbie Irwin Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 Debbie Irwin Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Fiona Johnston, Lauren Shannon, Theresa Shannon Donna Johnston, Katie Huges and Eimear Jonston. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Fiona Johnston, Lauren Shannon, Theresa Shannon Donna Johnston, Katie Huges and Eimear Jonston. Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Sarah Gilpin and Devon Small Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 (L-R) Sarah Gilpin and Devon Small Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - - Helens Bay - Christmas Day 2021 Bathers head to Helens Bay for their annual Christmas Day plunge. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Members of the Brompton Belles and Beaux sea swimming group (Picture by Rebecca Black)

Members of the Brompton Belles and Beaux sea swimming group (Picture by Rebecca Black)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th December 2021 Residents of north Down take part in a Santa Splash swim at Helens Bay beach. Several hundred people took part in the annual Christmas Eve swim in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Residents of the Co Down coast have taken part in a number of charity swims on Christmas Day.

The Santa Splash swim was held at Helens Bay beach, with several hundred people taking part in the annual Christmas Eve tradition in aid of local charity Storehouse, a food bank in Bangor.

The Brompton Belles and Beaux braved the dip in Bangor.

Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson was among the swimmers who start their day with a sea dip all year round.
“It was about 7.2 degrees in there this morning,” she told PA.

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Members of the Brompton Belles and Beaux sea swimming group (Picture by Rebecca Black)

Members of the Brompton Belles and Beaux sea swimming group (Picture by Rebecca Black)

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Members of the Brompton Belles and Beaux sea swimming group (Picture by Rebecca Black)

Nicola Woods added: “The temperature will go down to at least four degrees in the months ahead, last March we got to about three degrees where there was frost on the sea weed and it was properly cold, painful.”

Ms Davis-Hanson said the Christmas swim was a little more special as a chance to catch up with friends over a mulled wine before Christmas dinner.

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Ms Woods added: “It’s a chance to get a bit of peace and quiet before the madness of the day, taking a bit of time for yourself, getting in and really enjoying the wild weather. But it’s still lovely at the same time.”
The group have been facing an additional challenge in recent weeks after Storm Barra broke the ladder they use to get into the sea, they added that the best Christmas present they could receive would be seeing it fixed by the local council.


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