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In Pictures: May Day mayhem as students celebrate with dawn dip

The May Day Dip is believed to promote good luck in exams.

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Students from the University of St Andrews take part in the traditional May Day Dip (Jane Barlow/PA)

Students from the University of St Andrews take part in the traditional May Day Dip (Jane Barlow/PA)

Students from the University of St Andrews take part in the traditional May Day Dip (Jane Barlow/PA)

Hardy students at the University of St Andrews have marked the start of May with a bone-chilling dawn swim in the North Sea.

Plunging into the sea for the May Day Dip is believed to bring good luck in upcoming exams.

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Students take the plunge (Jane Barlow/PA)

Students take the plunge (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Students take the plunge (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Swimmers had a great view of the stunning sunrise as they braved the cold (Jane Barlow/PA)

Swimmers had a great view of the stunning sunrise as they braved the cold (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Swimmers had a great view of the stunning sunrise as they braved the cold (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Close your eyes and think of Ibiza... (Jane Barlow/PA)

Close your eyes and think of Ibiza... (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Close your eyes and think of Ibiza... (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Always time for a selfie (Jane Barlow/PA)

Always time for a selfie (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Always time for a selfie (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Rather you than me - these students kept watch from the shore (Jane Barlow/PA)

Rather you than me - these students kept watch from the shore (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Rather you than me - these students kept watch from the shore (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Patriotic Scots brave the elements (Jane Barlow/PA)

Patriotic Scots brave the elements (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Patriotic Scots brave the elements (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Friends mark May Day on East Sands in Fife (Jane Barlow/PA)

Friends mark May Day on East Sands in Fife (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Friends mark May Day on East Sands in Fife (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Looks like a number of students were hoping for good luck in this summer's exams (Jane Barlow/PA)

Looks like a number of students were hoping for good luck in this summer's exams (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Looks like a number of students were hoping for good luck in this summer's exams (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Drying out after the dip (Jane Barlow/PA)

Drying out after the dip (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Drying out after the dip (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Same time next year? (Jane Barlow/PA)

Same time next year? (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Same time next year? (Jane Barlow/PA)

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