DRESSED as everything from Dominoes to Disney Characters and a kaleidoscope of costumes in between, scores of hardy fund-raisers took the plunge for charity.
More than 700 ran into the chilly North Sea in fancy dress to raise thousands of pounds for a good cause.
Some had travelled hundreds of miles to take part in the 38th annual Boxing Day Dip, but all had the same aim – to make a change and have fun. In total, they raised £53,251 for various charities. Among the dippers was David Jacques from Monkwearmouth, who ran as part of a group of ten dominoes.
It was the second year the group have braved the cold to raise funds for Thompson Park Community Centre.
“The dip is a great thing for Sunderland,” he told the Echo. “And there’s always a terrific atmosphere.
“It’s something we always look forward to every year and if Sunderland win on Boxing Day too, it’s always the icing on the cake.”
Anne Fielding, from dip organisers Sunderland Lions, said: “The dip takes a lot of organising.
“We begin planning in August because of health and safety, but when it comes together it’s wonderful.”
St Aidan’s Guides, who dressed as sherbert dips, were among those to win prizes for their costumes.