More than 100 br-br-brave souls endured the chill of the North Sea at the annual Boxing Day Nippy Dip.
The popular event was the perfect excuse to wash off the excesses of Christmas Day – and where better to do that than in the teeth-chatteringly cold waters off Aberdeen Beach?
Medics were on standby as heavy snow yesterday morning meant a last-minute safety check was needed.
As a result, dippers – who decked themselves out in colourful costumes – were only allowed in the water for a total of 90 seconds.
Chris Southworth, president of Aberdeen Lions Club, which runs the event, said: “It went very, very well. We were really pleased that we had this gap in the weather where it was perfect.
“No wind, a calm sea and blue skies. It was as good as any dip we have done so far.
“There was a great variety of people and fancy dress costumes, everything from mankinis to boiler suits.”
The annual dip is organised for the benefit of charities, with participants choosing their own cause.
Chris added: “We charge a participation fee which covers our costs and then anything over and above that we give to our chosen charities, which is primarily The Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust.
“That’s a charity that helps disadvantaged people across Aberdeen.”
Lord Provost George Adam led the brave souls down to the beach and started the countdown for the fifth time.
He told the Evening Express: “We see all types of weather with the Nippy Dip from glorious sunshine two years ago to bad storms leading to the postponement last year.
“It is a great event and its great to see it going ahead. It allows people all over the city to support various charities. They are a lot braver than me.”
Adventurous dipper Ross Ford proved he was a real ‘cheeky’ chap by stripping down to a Borat-style mankini before taking the plunge.
The 25-year-old said: “It was really cold. Just so, so cold.
“But it’s all for charity. My cousin and I raised more than £200 for good causes so it was worth it.”