Here are more pictures of those of you who got wet in the North Sea for this year’s Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew.
Sports teams, community groups and charity organisations were all among those who took part in the annual festive tradition, which is organised by Hartlepool Round Table and marshalled by the RNLI.
A high tide and heavy rain didn’t deter hundreds of people from heading to the seafront for the event. Among those doing the dip was Dave Seddon, who was dressed as Batman for the event.
Dave, from Darlington, was in a team of fund-raisers generated cash for the RNLI after his nephew Michael Soley was saved by the Hartlepool lifeboat which was in the Redcar area on a training exercise in March this year.
Michael was being pulled out to sea by the current after a wave took him off South Gare pier.
“I don’t know how much we’ve raised yet but we want it to be a good amount,” said Dave, 64.
“We’ve never done the dip before so it’s something new.
“I wasn’t looking forward to being so cold but it’s all for a good cause so it doesn’t matter.”
Members of 40th Hartlepool Scout Group were also donning their uniforms to run into the sea.
Volunteers Sue Umpleby, 53 and Heather Henderson, 55, took part alongside Heather’s Fraser, 10.
Sue, who is treasurer of the Scout group, told the Mail: “Just the three of us have taken part but we’re hoping to raise money for our Re-Wire Appeal.
“We need £10,000 to re-wire our Scout building this is our contribution.
“We think we’ve raised about £300 for the appeal which isn’t bad.”
Jonathan Cockburn was a Thrilling sight, dressed as Michael Jackson for the dip.
“I’m doing it for Macmillan Cancer Care as it’s a charity I help out through work,” said Jonathan, 40.