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Hundreds brave the cold for 40th annual Lowestoft Christmas Day swim

PUBLISHED: 17:25 25 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 25 December 2017

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes.

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes.

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The cold water and biting wind could do nothing to quash the festive cheer as an annual Christmas Day swim returned with its biggest ever turnout.

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes. Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes.

More than 300 swimmers, dressed in costumes ranging from Santa Claus and Christmas turkeys to lobsters and giant bananas, took part in the 40th official Lowestoft swim.

Hundreds of spectators showed up to offer support and cheer on the swimmers in what has become a much-loved spectacle.

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes. Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes.

The swim is organised by Sentinel Leisure Trust to help raise money for local beneficiaries. Last year £10,000 was raised with this year’s target standing at £15,000.

Matt Stebbings of Sentinel said: “The event is massive for Lowestoft, it’s one of the only traditions from the town still going.”

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes. Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes.

Along the coast in Southwold 150 swimmers braved the sea in a charity swim organised by Southwold and District Rotary.

Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes. Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Mick Howes.

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