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Dozens wade in for Christmas dip
Swimmers in Brighton in a previous year
Brighton Swimming Club has held the event for more than 100 years
More than 30 swimmers from England's oldest swimming club took part in a traditional Christmas Day dip in the English Channel.

The 300-strong Brighton Swimming Club has organised the annual event since it was founded in 1860 - and this year a few hardy spectators also took part.

Chairman John Ottaway said the sea was calm and warmer than in previous years.

"There were probably more spectators than I have seen in my life - it was fantastic," he said.

Keith Marlton, 69, who has been taking part in the Christmas Day swims for 15 years, said it was an invigorating way to work up an appetite for Christmas lunch.

"When you come out, shower and dry off you really feel tremendous," he said.

"Beside the health benefits, it is great fun and there was a superb atmosphere."

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