27 pictures from the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip in South Shields

It's a festive tradition which seems to grow in popularity every year - the Boxing Day Dip.

Wednesday, 26th December 2018, 3:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:12 pm
Cancer Connection Boxing Day Dip

This year there were two simultaneous dips on the seafront at South Shields, including this one in aid of Cancer Connections, where dippers included Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall, who is a patron of the charity.

Time for a selfie before the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
Little Mix pop star Jade Thirlwall celebrated her birthday with nephew Karl Thirlwall at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.

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Former Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig is another long-time supporter of the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall with her nephew Karl, Daniel Rundle, left, and Jeff Rundle at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
A set of Santas prepare to take part in the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
A trio of elves at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
These two friends shared a jumper at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
This foursome dressed up for the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
Dippers take the plunge at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip
Dippers feel the chill at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip at Littlehaven beach, South Shields.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Ken Stephenson, gets into the spirit of the Boxing Day Dip.
This dipper donned a Superman costume as he prepared to take the plunge at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
The race for the sea at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip at Littlehaven Beach, South Shields.
Some people went further in than others at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
One dipper feels the chill at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip at Littlehaven, South Shields.
Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall with nephew Karl at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall heads for the sea with nephew Karl at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
Dippers head for the sea at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip in South Shields.
Who will be first in at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip?
Dippers at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip at Littlehaven, South Shields.
Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip at South Shields.
Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall celebrated her birthday with nephew Karl at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip.
VIP dippers at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip included Josef Craig MBE, Mayor Ken Stephenson, and Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall.
The Santas pose for a picture at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip in South Shields.
Dippers at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip in South Shields.
Stewart Temple, 89, was the oldest participant in the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip at Littlehaven Beach, South Shields.
Some dippers felt the cold more than others at the Cancer Connections Boxing Day Dip in South Shields.