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In pictures: Christmas swims

Round-the-world adventurer Rosie Swale Pope, Sue Lane and Tish Rossiter (Pic: Gareth Davies Photography)

Round-the-world adventurer Rosie Swale Pope set Tenby's Boxing Day swim on its way, with the help of her lookalikes - Tenby mayor and deputy, Sue Lane and Tish Rossiter.

Hundreds of bathers sprint into the sea (Pic: Gareth Davies Photography)

Around 570 swimmers sprint for the sea in Tenby's traditional Boxing Day plunge. The event was watched by huge crowds under blue skies.

Actor Charles Dale and his son Laurie (Pic: Gareth Davies Photography)

Tenby-born actor Charles Dale was among the swimmers along with his six-year-old son, Laurie.

Many of the swimmers donned fancy dress (Pic: Gareth Davies Photography)

The swim, organised by Tenby Sea Swimming Association, raised thousands of pounds for charities by the swim, including Barnardo's Cymru, Plant Dewi and The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society.

Baywatch "babes" in Tenby (Pic: Gareth Davies Photography)

These Baywatch "babes" were among those who rushed into the sea at Tenby. The fancy dress theme of around the world brought out characters including Borat and women in bikinis.

A newly-wed couple take part in Christmas morning swim in Porthcawl (Pic: Steve Jones)

In Porthcawl, the annual Christmas morning swim attracted a couple who were married on Christmas Eve and who joined for a honeymoon dip.

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