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SLIDESHOW: A refreshing start to the New Year in Fleetwood

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These brave swimmers braved the cold to take part in the annual Fleetwood New Year’s Day Dip.

More than 30 people took the plunge to race into the sea for a refreshing start to 2014.

Phil Gibson, chairman of Fleetwood Kite Club which organises the event, said: “It was a good turn out considering the weather was dire.

“We had more than 30 people taking part, and quite lot of people watching as well.

“People were in and out of the sea very quickly - that’s long enough in the water at this time of year. It really takes your breath away.

“But it’s a way of getting everyone together and starting the new year afresh.”

The dip also raised money for the Kite Club and the North West Air Ambulance, although the total raised is not yet known.

The club decided to raise money for the air ambulance in memory of one of its members Rob Kirkbride.

The 48-year-old Lytham paraglider (inset, above) died when his canopy collapsed while gliding over East Lancashire beauty spot Pendle Hill, near Clitheroe.

The engineer who worked at BAE in Warton fell 30ft from his glider on December 4.

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