Picture Gallery: Dozens brave icy waters for East Wittering New Year’s Day big dip

HARDY swimmers took part in the bracing New Year’s Day big dip in East Wittering.

Hundreds turned out on January 1 to support people as they took part in the big dip, throwing themselves into the freezing sea to raise money for a good cause.

Dippers in the sea.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141490-8 SUS-150101-201111004

Dippers in the sea.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141490-8 SUS-150101-201111004

The dip raises much-needed funds for the 1st Birdham and Witterings Scout Group and some 79 dippers, many in fancy-dress, braved the biting wind to race into the sea shortly before 1pm.

Watch a video of the dip here: East Wittering big dip

See next week’s Observer (January 8) for all the pictures and a full report from the day.