NAKED swimmers are being urged to sign up and take the plunge in a skinny-dipping dash.
Whitburn woman Jacqueline Higginson is organising the North East Skinny-Dip 2013 this month, and wants as many people as possible to join her in stripping off.
The 35-year-old organised the first skinny-dip at Druridge Bay, Northumberland, last year and it was a big success with almost 200 people taking part.
Now, the health worker is hoping this year’s dip, which is supported by The National Trust, will be even bigger.
She hopes it could be in with a chance of beating the world skinny-dip record of 507 people going into the water at once.
Jacqueline said: “We already have more than 100 people signed up, but we are hoping for many more. Last year was fantastic, and I had lots of positive feedback.
“I had loads of people e-mail me saying what a life-affirming experience it had been, and that they definitely want to do it again.”
She said the event, at sunrise on Sunday, September 22, which is the autumn equinox, is in no way a best body competition and people of all shapes and sizes will take part, so no one should be put off.
Jacqueline, a regular sea swimmer, said: “It’s about taking a risk, celebrating our unique bodies, being close to nature, raising money for charity and maybe even breaking a world record.”
Jacqueline took part in a previous record dip in Wales in 2011 and loved it so much, she wanted to bring it to the North East.
She said: “It was just amazing.”
The cost of entry for the dip is £10, and money raised will be shared between the National Trust and mental health charity, MIND.
To sign up, visit www.northeastskinnydip.co.uk.