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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 11:19 GMT
Brave swimmers take festive dip
Swimmers dressed as Father Christmas take a dip in Brighton
The water was warmer than previous years, organisers say
Hardy swimmers in Sussex braved icy temperatures to take a festive dip in the sea on Christmas Day.

About 40 people ran down the pebble beach at Brighton to plunge into the Channel for the annual stunt.

Some wore Father Christmas outfits while others donned trunks and bikinis. Organisers said the water was warmer than it had been in previous years.

John Ottaway, from Brighton Swimming Club, said most people thought they were "nuts" to take part in the swim.

"Most of the simmers come from the sea swimming section of our club so they are used to the conditions.

"But the youngsters in our club do not like the swimming in the sea, they stick to the pool."

About half the people taking part in the swim were from the club, whose members take part in plunge every Christmas morning.

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