Lindy Woodrow shared these photos of South Shields Sea Swimmers showing members who met at Little Haven during the first lockdown, initially calling themselves the Groyne Herd. She added: "The cold water was tremendous for our mental health and we formed strong friendships. The group is Norma Thompson, Sarah Thorell, Helen Collins, Alison Symonds and me."

South Shields swimmers share photos of sea dips as they celebrate success of friendship group

Cold toes and warm smiles are celebrated in these photos as passionate swimmers share their love of the sea.

Here, they explain in their own words the joy it has brought them.

The club’s social sessions are held at 9am each Saturday at Little Haven Beach, with members gathering shortly before at the steps closest to the Weebles artworks.

Anyone who would like to join in should wear a costume, while others feel warmer and more comfortable in a wet suit, and they can take towel and warm clothing for afterwards.

It’s also a good idea to pack a hot drink for after.

A mix of people get involved, from people just in for a bob to those training for triathlons, with new comers advised to find someone to match their ability as they head for the water.

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