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In Pictures: Swimmers take the plunge for bracing Christmas Day dip

Swimmers from across the country, including Edinburgh, took to the water.

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Swimmers pose in the sea at Felixstowe, Suffolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

Swimmers pose in the sea at Felixstowe, Suffolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

Swimmers pose in the sea at Felixstowe, Suffolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

Swimmers have turned their backs on a roaring fire at home to take part in Christmas Day dips across the UK.

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A dog wearing a Christmas jumper runs along the sand at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A dog wearing a Christmas jumper runs along the sand at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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A dog wearing a Christmas jumper runs along the sand at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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A swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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A swimmer takes a Christmas Day dip at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Despite snow falling in parts of Scotland, many were determined to take the plunge in Edinburgh.

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Swimmers tried to forget the chill as they took a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Swimmers tried to forget the chill as they took a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Swimmers tried to forget the chill as they took a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Swimmers dry off by a fire after taking a Christmas Day dip at a beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Swimmers dry off by a fire after taking a Christmas Day dip at a beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Swimmers dry off by a fire after taking a Christmas Day dip at a beach in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Santa ditched some of his costume for a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Santa ditched some of his costume for a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Santa ditched some of his costume for a Christmas Day dip (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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The sea was quite bracing in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The sea was quite bracing in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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The sea was quite bracing in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

People dressed up for the occasion at the beach in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

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Swimmers in fancy dress run into the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA)

Swimmers in fancy dress run into the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Swimmers in fancy dress run into the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Swimmers Perry Springate and Chris Johnson dressed as clowns for their Christmas dip (Joe Giddens/PA)

Swimmers Perry Springate and Chris Johnson dressed as clowns for their Christmas dip (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Swimmers Perry Springate and Chris Johnson dressed as clowns for their Christmas dip (Joe Giddens/PA)

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At least the penguin would not have been put off by the cold weather (Joe Giddens/PA)

At least the penguin would not have been put off by the cold weather (Joe Giddens/PA)

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At least the penguin would not have been put off by the cold weather (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Swimmers in fancy dress pose in the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA)

Swimmers in fancy dress pose in the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Swimmers in fancy dress pose in the sea at Felixstowe (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The main swim was cancelled at Felixstowe due to adverse weather conditions (Joe Giddens/PA)

The main swim was cancelled at Felixstowe due to adverse weather conditions (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The main swim was cancelled at Felixstowe due to adverse weather conditions (Joe Giddens/PA)

Not to be outdone by swimmers from elsewhere in the country, an intrepid few took to the water in the North East.

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The swimmers cheer after the bracing Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The swimmers cheer after the bracing Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The swimmers cheer after the bracing Christmas Day dip at Tynemouth Beach (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Dressed for the occasion… a woman walks along the beach (Joe Giddens/PA)

Dressed for the occasion… a woman walks along the beach (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Dressed for the occasion… a woman walks along the beach (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Swimmers take part in a Christmas Day dip at Exmouth, Devon (Ben Birchall/PA)

Swimmers take part in a Christmas Day dip at Exmouth, Devon (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Swimmers take part in a Christmas Day dip at Exmouth, Devon (Ben Birchall/PA)

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