Bad weather conditions have seen a number of New Year's Day charity swims cancelled in the south, but brave souls up north have been able to jump in the freezing North Sea to bring in 2014.

Despite maximum temperatures of 7 degrees, both in and out of the water, revellers in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, and in the Firth of Forth In Scotland, stripped down and immersed themselves in the icy depths.


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Swimmers jump in at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear


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Others took part in the dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations


Meanwhile in Hampshire, a charity dip has been cancelled for the first time in more than 30 years because of severe gales.

The event at Gosport lifeboat station, organised by Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS), was due to start at midday.

However winds of up to 70mph (112km/h) have hampered plans in the south and south west of the country, the BBC reported.

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    Swimmers take part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear as part of New Year celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear as part of New Year celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear as part of New Year celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear as part of New Year celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear as part of New Year celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the New Year's Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in Tyne and Wear as part of New Year celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    A swimmer takes part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    A swimmer takes part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

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    A participant in the New Year's Day swim at Carnlough Harbour, Co Antrim, in aid of local charities.

  • New Year's Day celebrations

    Swimmers take part in the "loony dook" New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, as part of Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay celebrations.

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    Swimmers take part in the Loony Dook New Years Day swim in the river Forth near the Forth Rail Bridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire