In Pictures: Swimmers don fancy dress for new year dip

Plenty of people have braved the cold to take the plunge on the first day of 2019.

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Last updated: 1 January 2019 - 2.20pm

People across the UK have taken the plunge for a bracing new year swim.

From Scotland to Scarborough, here are some snapshots of the shivery participants.

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Spirits were high at the annual Loony Dook swim in the Firth of Forth, Scotland (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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Fancy dress was a popular look at the Loony Dook event (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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There were colourful outfits (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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You may recognise this chap (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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Smiles were the order of the day (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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Some participants just enjoyed chilling out (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Others took the drier option of a kayak (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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Spectators were out in force to support the swimmers (Andrew Milligan/PA)
It was a colourful scene at the Barry Island New Year’s Day swim in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
It was a colourful scene at the Barry Island New Year’s Day swim in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)
People take part in the Barry Island New Year’s Day swim in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
There were unicorns… (Ben Birchall/PA)
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…a mermaid… (Ben Birchall/PA)
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… and a Dalek! (Ben Birchall/PA)
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In Derbyshire, the Mappleton Bridge Jump is an annual tradition (Joe Giddens/PA)
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People jump from Okeover Bridge on New Year’s Day into the River Dove in Mappleton (Joe Giddens/PA)
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The Scarborough Lions Club New Year’s Day Dip was a popular choice (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The water looked pretty fresh in the North Yorkshire seaside town (Danny Lawson/PA)
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What a way to start 2019! (Danny Lawson/PA)

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