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Bathers show up naked on beach to raise money for charity

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Hundreds of skinny-dippers ditched their clothes and ran into the North Sea against a backdrop of a glorious golden sunrise on Sunday morning.

The North East Skinny Dip saw around 400 people of all ages whip off their clothes and plunge into the chilly waters as the sun rose.

Some of the nude crowd held hands as they ran into the sea off the coast of Druridge Bay in Northumberland.

They fully embraced the liberating experience by splashing and paddling in the cold water.

Before sunrise, skinny-dippers were treated to entertainment from a percussion band and a female fire eater.

There were camp fires on the beach as the growing crowd, which included campers, got ready to strip off.

The annual event, which is now in it sixth year, is organised by Jax Higginson, from Sunderland.

The mass dip, which began back in 2011, raises money for MIND – a charity which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems. – ITV News