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Hundreds turn out for New Year’s Day dip at Westward Ho!

PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 02 January 2018

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

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Hundreds of people ran into the icy seas in Westward Ho! yesterday (Monday) for a New Year’s Day dip.

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

Hundreds of people turned up at Westward Ho! beach in fancy dress for an icy New Year’s Day dip on Monday.

Despite howling winds and chilly temperatures, around 600 people ran into the Atlantic to see in 2018.

The event began with a warm up by Jack Johns of North Devon Kickboxing, before the colourful crowd ran down the beach and into the waves.

There were prizes for the best fancy dress, and afterwards everyone headed to The Waterfront to warm up.

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

Peter Sawyer, one of the event organisers, said it was a ‘stonking’ way to start the New Year.

He said: “Love the community spirit with young and old enjoying the dip, plus kicking off 2018 in Westward Ho! style.”

Costumes included super heroes and Father Christmas, as well as Westward Ho! businessman Rob Braddick donning his Von Trapp costume for the second time this year.

The swim was the second to take place within the week - on Boxing Day there was a Santa-themed swim organised by the Rotary Club of Bideford.

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

During that swim, dozens of people raced into the sea raising money for the Bideford Bay Surf Lifesaving club.

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins The New Year's Day dip in Westward Ho! Picture: Martin Mullins

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