HUNDREDS BRAVED a frosty but festive plunge today at Boscombe Pier for the annual White Christmas Dip.

Everyone was in good spirits as they braved the cold to help raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Unit in Christchurch.

The event was created in 2008 after Tommy Baker and John White decided to create a family tradition by taking a quick dip in the sea, dressed in wacky fancy dress.

Bournemouth Echo: White Christmas Dip 2023

John, alongside their son, also named John White, and nephews Tommy Baker, Harry Baker, Berni Mendieta, and Joe Hardwick dipped into the ocean in fancy dress. 

Since then, the event has grown from just six family members to hundreds of Dorset residents eager for a challenge.

Neal Williams, trust secretary of the Macmillan Caring Locally charity, which supports the unit, said: "Tommy, John, and now Baby John, are our absolute heroes, as is everyone who takes part in the dip.

"This is our biggest fundraising event and without the boys driving this forward it would not have been the massive success it is.

"We hope people will join them and the many of us from the unit for this amazing event.

“It wouldn’t be Christmas without it."

The dip took place at 9.45am on December 25th near Boscombe Pier.