Hundreds take part in New Year dip

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Hundreds of people welcomed in the 2014 with a dip in the North Sea.

An estimated 1,000 people gathered on Whitley Bay beach on New Year’s Day for the annual dip in the cold waters.

The annual New Year's Day dip at Panama Swimming Club in Whitley Bay. GM028809

The annual New Year's Day dip at Panama Swimming Club in Whitley Bay. GM028809

Hundreds of people took part in the event – either wearing a bathing suit or fancy dress outfit – to raise money for charity, cheered on by dozens of spectators.

The event has become a regular attraction, with people from around the borough and further afield keen to take part.