Hundreds take the plunge for festive dip

IT may have been warmer in the sea than on the land - but it certainly didn't feel like it to those taking a Christmas Day dip at Felixstowe.

IT may have been warmer in the sea than on the land - but it certainly didn't feel like it to those taking a Christmas Day dip at Felixstowe.

Thermometers showed the sea was 6C compared to 1C on the beach, but the yelps and screams told a different story.

More than 200 hardy people - a record for the event - took part, charging into the sea in Santa outfits, fancy dress, wet suits and some in just their trunks and bikinis.

The event raised around �36,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

The beach opposite Charles Manning's Amusement Park, Sea Road, was packed with swimmers' families and supporters and spectators.

All the swimmers received a medal afterwards.