Thousands turned out to  watch swimmers brave the chilly waters of The Wash for an annual festive swim.

At 11am on Christmas Day, 143 people took the plunge at Hunstanton.

A crowd of more than 3,000 spectators gathered to support the swimmers, who were dressed up in a variety of wacky costumes.

“People showed up in all manner of costumes from Vikings to Star Wars to an old- fashioned lifeboat pulled by Santa’s reindeer,” said Andrew Searle of Hunstanton and District Round Table, organisers of the event.

“However, the fancy dress prizes went to a group of lads dressed as their favourite Disney princesses and the individual prize went to a young lady that came on a horse.”

Hunstanton Christmas Swim has been a traditional event for more than 60 years.

This year’s fundraising  event has raised more than £6,000 from sponsorship  money raised by the swimmers and collection buckets.

Mr Searle said: “Thank you to all the swimmers who took part and the spectators who supported them on the day. All profits from money raised go to local and individual needy causes.”

Sponsorship money can still be taken to Heacham Manor or see online at for more information.