PICTURES: Dozens dive into Marine Lake for New Year's swim

PUBLISHED: 11:25 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 02 January 2018

Brave swimmers took a swim in Marine Lake on New year's Day. Picture: Gary Clark.

Brave swimmers took a swim in Marine Lake on New year's Day. Picture: Gary Clark.

Gary Clark

New Year's Day saw many people nurse a hangover after over-indulging the night before.

It was cold getting into the lake on New Year's Day. Picture: Gary ClarkIt was cold getting into the lake on New Year's Day. Picture: Gary Clark

However, some people found a different – and altogether
colder way – to see in the start of 2018.

Dozens of people bravely took the plunge in Clevedon’s Marine Lake on Monday as the traditional curtain-raiser to each new year drew quite a crowd once again.

Water temperatures hovered around the 10C mark and therefore only the bravest
stayed in the lake for any significant amount of time.

As a result of the low temperatures, for some the
New Year’s Day swim is more an event of fun than professional swimming, as they chose to
wear elaborate costumes, including a Father Christmas outfit.

New Year's Day swim in Clevedon. Picture: Gary Clark.New Year's Day swim in Clevedon. Picture: Gary Clark.

A big crowd gathered at Marine Lake. Picture: Gary Clark.A big crowd gathered at Marine Lake. Picture: Gary Clark.

Clevedon Pier provided the backdrop for the New Yea's Day swim. Picture: Gary ClarkClevedon Pier provided the backdrop for the New Yea's Day swim. Picture: Gary Clark

The water temperature hovered about the 10C mark. Picture: Gary Clark,The water temperature hovered about the 10C mark. Picture: Gary Clark,

New Year's Day swim in Clevedon. Picture: Gary Clark.New Year's Day swim in Clevedon. Picture: Gary Clark.

The swimmers found a cool way to celebrate the start of 2018. Picture: Gary Clark.The swimmers found a cool way to celebrate the start of 2018. Picture: Gary Clark.

One swimmer found a way to get used to the cold quickly. Picture: Gary Clark.One swimmer found a way to get used to the cold quickly. Picture: Gary Clark.

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