Dozens brave the cold for Christmas Day swim

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 27 December 2017

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

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A group of brave swimmers delayed their Christmas dinner and braved the cold to swim for charity on Christmas Day.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

While many families spent their Christmas morning exchanging presents, several swimmers took to Weston-super-Mare’s Marine Lake, in Knightstone Road, to raise money for Weston RNLI and Weston Hospicecare.

Swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

The annual fundraising event has now been running for more than 10 years and is organised by The Cove restaurant, in Birnbeck Road, and saw groups of all ages take part, including a swimmer of just eight years old.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Some 50 people took to the water, and were cheered on by 400 well-wishers, who donated wine to be raffled.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

The event’s organiser Heath Hardy, said: “It is amazing to see how much this event has grown over the years.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

“What started out as a silly idea now gathers hundreds of people together to raise some vital funds.”

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake. Costumed swimmers at the Christamas Day swim at Weston's Marine Lake.

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