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Over a thousand swimmers stripped off to brave the chilly waters of the of the North Sea in Northumberland for the 11th annual North East Skinny Dip to mark the Autumn Equinox.
Naked participants of all ages could be seen frolicking on the beach in Druridge Bay on Sunday morning for the popular event, and embracing the freedom of baring it all.
Swimmers were seen wearing whimsical wigs, Hawaiian garlands or just a wooly hat as they took a dip in the icy waters at sunrise.
As the waves rolled in, participants were seen running wild towards the sea as they held hands and skipped with joy.
It was the 11th annual gathering of skinny dippers in an event that has raised more than £100,000 for Mind, a mental health charity, since 2012.
A group of swimmers wore brightly-coloured, eccentric wigs to join in the fun at the beach
The naked participants could be seen running wild and free on the beach as they dared to bare all and run towards the sea
Friends could be seen taking photos of each other and posing, with a mesmerising backdrop with bright amber hues in the sky as the first golden rays of the sun emerged at sunrise
Participants got to show of their tattoos in all their glory on parts o their bodies that would ordinarily be concealed under clothing
A groups of friends held each other by the waist and hugged as the looked outward towards the sea
Friends could be seen taking photos of each and posing as they bared all at the skinny dipping charity event
Some swimmers made sure to keep their heads cosy while wearing nothing else as they braved the icy waters of the North Sea
Three friends are pictured taking an opportunity to snap the wild moment on the beach which saw over a thousand naked swimmers descend at Druridge Bay
Aerial photos show the astonishing number of naked swimmers forming a nude-coloured sea of their own
Swimmers with tattoos on parts of their bodies which would ordinarily be concealed by their clothes, showed off their markings.
The event sees people from across the country take part in the much anticipated event.
Friends could be seen taking photos of each other and posing, with a mesmerising backdrop with bright amber hues in the sky as the first golden rays of the sun emerged at sunrise.
Aerial photos show the astonishing number of naked swimmers forming a nude-coloured sea of their own, jumping with joy and walking along the beach in long chains as participants held hands.
Swimmers of all ages and from across the country made it to Druridge Bay to take a skinny dip in the icy waters
A group of friends run towards the sea, with one of them holding a flag with a picture of a polar bear as they brace themselves for the chilly waters
One group of naked friends wore Hawaiian garlands around their necks flower headdresses as they posed for a photo lying on their fronts
As the sun rose, it presented an excellent opportunity for swimmers to take magical photos with golden light emerging from behind the clouds
Friends held hands as they embraced the freedom of baring it all at the annual skinny dipping event
Swimmers ran wild towards the sea at sunrise, free from judgement, as they bared all
Organisers of the event, Tyneside Mind, described the event as ‘a celebration of life! Of nature! And of our own, unique, physical bodies!’
While proceeds from the event will go towards improving local mental health services, they also said that the initiative is about ‘coming together, supporting each other and giving yourself a fun, fabulous wellbeing re-boot’.
Organisers posted on a JustGiving page: ‘Everyone is friendly and welcoming to ensure new dippers feel as confident as those who have been coming for years, creating an amazing atmosphere of togetherness and being at one with nature’.
They added: ‘Every ‘body’ is welcome’.