Cromer and Felixstowe dippers take Christmas charity plunge

Cromer Boxing Day Dip 2013
Image caption Dipping beside the pier at Cromer has been a tradition since 1985

Hundreds of people around the East Coast have taken a traditional festive dip in the North Sea to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

In Norfolk, about 300 people ran into the water by Cromer Pier watched by some 2,000 spectators.

The sea - at 11C (52F) - felt "quite cold this year", one Boxing Day swimmer said.

On Christmas Day, more than 450 people celebrated 10 years of dipping off Felixstowe.

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Media captionThousands turned out to watch the Cromer dippers

The swimmers raised more than £40,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

Emily Sullivan, events fundraiser, said: "We are so grateful to everyone who took part this year and raised sponsorship."

Clive Hedges, who organised the Cromer Dip in aid of the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association (NANSA), said it was an incredible sight.

"When the starting firework goes off at 11 o'clock and everybody is charging into the sea it looks amazing," he said.

"There must have been at least a couple of thousand spectators, let's hope they all put a pound in the bucket."

NANSA helps people of all ages in Norfolk with physical and learning disabilities.

Image caption Fundraisers celebrated 10 years of dipping in Felixstowe on Christmas Day

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