Taking a sea plunge on Christmas Day - are you in our Days Gone by gallery?

A swim at Felixstowe on Christmas Day 2006 in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. 

A plunge into the sea at Felixstowe on Christmas Day 2006 in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. - Credit: Jerry Turner/Archant

Are you brave enough to plunge into the sea on Christmas Day? If so, you might spot yourself in this photo gallery.

Christmas morning swim at Clacton in 1995

Christmas morning swim at Clacton in 1995 - Credit: Archant

Most people might like to stay in the warm over the festive period - but each year some hardy souls brave the cold waves.

Christmas swimmers in Felixstowe get ready to take the plunge in aid of the Swimming Pool Association in 1968

Christmas swimmers in Felixstowe get ready to take the plunge in aid of the Swimming Pool Association in 1968 - Credit: Archant

Christmas morning swims are traditionally held at various places along the Suffolk and Essex coast, raising money for good causes.

A Christmas morning swim at Clacton in 1998

A Christmas morning swim at Clacton in 1998 - Credit: Archant

As with so many other events in 2020, this year it's all very different due to the coronavirus restrictions. Planned swims have had to be cancelled, including St Elizabeth Hospice's annual dip at Felixstowe - but there are plans for an Easter sea plunge instead. 

Christmas Day swim at Clacton, 1999

Swimmers taking the plunge on Christmas Day at Clacton in 1999 - Credit: Archant

But today we are looking back at swims held in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, at Felixstowe, Clacton and Dovercourt. 

A fancy dress Christmas swim in the North Sea off Dovercourt in December 1980

A fancy dress Christmas swim in the North Sea off Dovercourt in December 1980 - Credit: Archant

Some photos show well wrapped-up supporters cheering on those with the courage to join in the annual dip.

Aannual Christmas morning swim at Clacton in 2007.

Braving the cold North Sea at Clacton for the annual Christmas morning swim in 2007. - Credit: Owen Hines/Archant

If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk or write to Judy Rimmer, Newsroom, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1RS. 

A sub-aqua Christmas swim at Felixstowe in December 1978

A sub-aqua Christmas swim at Felixstowe in December 1978 - Credit: Archant

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