PICTURES: Exmouth Christmas Day Swim

PUBLISHED: 12:08 27 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:55 29 December 2011

Exmouth Christmas Day Swim. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0761-52-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth Christmas Day Swim. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0761-52-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Hundreds of people gathered for the Christmas Day Swim at Exmouth.

Hundreds of people gathered for the Christmas Day Swim at Exmouth.

Watched by many more hundreds of spectators the swimmers assembled near the Octagon and at 11am after a brief rendition of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ they sprinted across the sand for the sea.

Many swimmers were in fancy dress that ranged from the traditional Santa outfits to the more bizarre, a couple of smurfs were spotted and a group of chefs took to the water presumably before they went home to cook the Christmas dinner.