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ELVIS was all shook up and some Vikings got very cold feet when they took a freezing dip in the Solent.

In total, 300 people took part in the annual New Year’s Day Dip organised by the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) at Stokes Bay.

The New Year's Day Swim, at Gosport and Fareham Inshore Lifeboat Station, Gosport. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (134-068)

The New Year's Day Swim, at Gosport and Fareham Inshore Lifeboat Station, Gosport. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (134-068)

The brave swimmers raise thousands of pounds for the Gafirs and other charities by taking part in the event which this year saw water temperatures reach a mild 8C and glorious sunshine.

One of those taking part for the first time was 47-year-old Robbie Roberts, landlord of The Village Home pub, in Alverstoke.

He wore a gold lamé Elvis Presley costume for the dip.

‘It only came about after I’d had a few drinks on Sunday night,’ said Mr Roberts.

Landlord of the Village Home, public house, Alverstoke, dressed as Elvis. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (134-990)

Landlord of the Village Home, public house, Alverstoke, dressed as Elvis. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (134-990)

‘I said to the staff and customers that if they raised £500 I’d do the dip.

‘Within 30 minutes they’d raised £1,000 so how could I say no? It was absolutely freezing!’

Former Gosport resident Alison Summerfield travelled from her home in Denmark to take part with her friend Andrew Ridley. The pair, dressed as Vikings, raised money for Sands, the charity for bereaved parents and their families.

Mrs Summerfield said: ‘We were partying until 3am and this certainly cured our hangovers.

‘The atmosphere has been amazing and yes, it was cold, but it was absolutely exhilarating.’