AROUND 40 high-spirited swimmers braved the cold to bring in the New Year with a traditional plunge into the River Clyde.

Royal Gourock Yacht Club hosted the annual event which saw members take to the water alongside swimmers of all ages.

A large group of spectators cheered as they watched the brave volunteers make a splash.

With better weather than last year even more people turned out including some new faces.

The initial cold caught out a few swimmers but soon everyone was posing for pictures.

Peter Boyd, the club's house convener, said: “We had a better turnout than last year because the weather was better - although the water was just as cold!

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, there was a great atmosphere in and out of the water.

“It’s a fantastic way to motivate yourself and kick off the New Year.

“Hot soup and bacon rolls made for a great atmosphere following the event.

"It was a great family event, with young children to people in their 60s taking part.”

As well as enjoying the dip, the participants and spectators delved into their pockets to raise funds for a good cause.

At the end of the event there was in excess of £250 in the charity bucket, which will be given to the RNLI.

Peter said: “We were delighted with the turnout and the amount raised.

"I would like to wish everyone in the Inverclyde area a happy new year and all the best for 2019 on behalf of everyone at Royal Gourock Yacht Club."