Sidmouth's Boxing Day Swim - pictures

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 03 January 2018

Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5767. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5767. Picture: Terry Ife

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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 Sidmouth on Boxing Day.

Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5708. Picture: Terry IfeSidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5708. Picture: Terry Ife

Scores of people took a dip in the sea to enjoy Sidmouth’s Boxing Day Swim.

And there was a bumper turnout for the fun, with many hardy swimmers donning eye-catching fancy dress.

The swim, which is always dependent on the weather, first began in 1985 and is a hugely popular part of Christmas in Sidmouth.

Oliver Salter, who is part of the Sidmouth Regatta and Boxing Day Swim Committee, said: “It was really good. There was almost 450 swimmers and the seafront was packed. We were worried about the weather but we knew there was a weather window and we made the decision at half nine.”

Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5712. Picture: Terry IfeSidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5712. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Lifeboat and Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club provided on-the-water cover for the duration of the swim.

The Sidmouth branch of the RNLI collected funds and donations will also be made to Sidmouth Lifeboat, the surf lifesaving club and St John Ambulance.

Photos by Terry Ife.

Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5714. Picture: Terry IfeSidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5714. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5719. Picture: Terry IfeSidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5719. Picture: Terry Ife

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Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5833. Picture: Terry IfeSidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5833. Picture: Terry Ife

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A scene from  the Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5764. Picture: Terry IfeA scene from the Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim 2017. Ref shs 52-17TI 5764. Picture: Terry Ife

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