Exmouth’s Christmas Day swim - pictures

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:24 02 January 2018

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The festive season in East Devon always sees the more daring among us to rush into the sea. See our pictures from Exmouth on Christmas Day

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Hardy swimmers were cheered on by onlookers as they took the plunge for Exmouth’s annual Christmas day dip.

The swim – a firm favourite on Exmouth’s calendar – attracts hundreds of people each year to watch or take part.

Swimmers, many clad in fancy dress, braved the cold to plunge into the icy water before heading back up the beach to get warm.

Exmouth’s Christmas day swim started in the 1960s, when keen sportsman Ken Cunningham invited five friends - Peter Horne, Stan Jordan, Nick Hockings, David Hart and Miss Ireland - to take a festive dip.

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Photos by Terry Ife

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