Hundreds of people donned their Santa hats and took the plunge into the sea for a town's Boxing Day swim.

Residents of Aldeburgh braved the chilly North Sea to raise thousands of pounds for charity. 

People of all ages put on their swimming costumes and fancy dress outfits, before bounding towards the sea as the sun shined down on them for the 30th time the event was held.

East Anglian Daily Times: Swimmers raised thousands of pounds for charitySwimmers raised thousands of pounds for charity (Image: Julie Townsend)

East Anglian Daily Times: People braving the Boxing Day swim in AldeburghPeople braving the Boxing Day swim in Aldeburgh (Image: Julie Townsend)

A total of about £7,000 was raised for good causes such as the RNLI, Doctors Without Borders and East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

East Anglian Daily Times: The swim raised more than £7,000.The swim raised more than £7,000. (Image: Julie Townsend)