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Southwold Christmas Day swim returns with highest ever turnout

PUBLISHED: 11:44 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 27 December 2017

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

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A large crowd of brave swimmers plunged into the cold sea for a traditional Christmas Day swim in Southwold.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

In total 172 people, dressed in a variety of festive costumes, took part in the charity event which is organised by Southwold and District Rotary.

Organiser Cathy Ryan said: “We had a great year with a record turnout.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

“There was a great atmosphere - you could smell the mulled wine from the beach huts.

“It’s a really good start to Christmas morning.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

“There was a mixture of holiday makers and locals and had a great community feel.”

She added: “We are already looking forward to next year’s swim.”

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

While the total money raised is not yet known proceeds will be split between The Southwold R.N.L.I, The Sole Bay Care Fund, The Southwold and Reydon Recreational Development Council.

For more information on Southwold and District Rotary visit: www.southwoldrotary.co.uk

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.Southwold Christmas Day Swim 2017. Photo: Cathy Ryan.

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