Hundreds bare all for charity skinny dip at Druridge Bay

Around 180 people took part in The North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay first thing yesterday morning

Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay
Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay

Alomost 200 people stripped off and braved the cold North Sea for a charity skinny dip.

Around 180 people took part in The North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay first thing yesterday morning.

Participants aged from five to 82 bared all for the event, the proceeds of which are split 50-50 between coastline managers and dip supporters the National Trust and mental health charity Mind.

Each paid £10 to enter and with sponsorship money to come, organisers are hoping to match the total raised at the inaugural dip last year of £4,500.

The number of swimmers was up on 2012 although not enough to beat the 506 word record set in New Zealand last year.

The dip took is organised to coincide with the Autumn Equinox and saw swimmers shedding their clothes to dash into the North Sea as the sun came up at 6.45am.

Co-organiser Jax Higginson, 35, from Sunderland, who came up with the idea for the dip having attended a similar event down South, said: “It could not have been more perfect.

“That is the first clear dry day that we have had in a long time and the sea was beautifully calm. It was perfect.

“We all went a bit wild actually, there was a lot of silliness and laughter and frollicking in the water. It was surprisingly warm, people stayed in the water for a long time,longer then last year.”

Skinny dipping at Druridge Bay
Skinny dipping at Druridge Bay
 

Co-organiser Simon Lee, general manager of the Northumberland coast for the trust, said: “There is just a really good atmosphere. Everybody was there to have a unique experience, a life affirming experience this morning.

“There was one lady said ‘You do not do this every day. You have just got to live life to the full’ and just wanted to join in for that reason.”

He added said: “It is a great way for us to raise funds.”

Organisers are hoping that the event could one day break the world record as it grows, although Mr Lee said the region does not boast the weather New Zealand can offer swimmers.

He added: “It would be nice to. We have got 200 people doing it, can we get to 500? It would be great if the North East got a world record.”

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