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Swimmers take dip in Albert dock
The swimmers prepare to enter the water
A swimmer said the event "blows away the cobwebs"
More than forty swimmers have braved the cold waters in Liverpool's Albert Dock for a charity swimming event.

The City Of Liverpool Swimming Club took their annual Boxing Day Dip in the Mersey waters at midday.

They are raising money for various charities but Liverpool Heartbeat, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, is expected to benefit by at least 1,000.

Organiser James Tinsley described the event as good fun and "a cure for any Christmas hangover".

'Very cold'

Ginni Culley, a firefighter from London, said: "My sister Carla bullies me into doing this, but it's good fun and it blows the cobwebs away.

"Instead of sitting in all fat and lazy, get out and have a jump in the dock then go for a bit of soup."

Swimmer Ryan Hanlon from Birkenhead added: "It's cold, very cold. You can't feel your hands or toes, but it's good fun.

"This is my third or fourth time I think, but I'll be back next year, definitely."

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