BRAVE souls who took the plunge for Royal Gourock Yacht Club's New Year's Day Dip raised hundreds of pounds for charity in the process.

Swimmers of all ages were joined by paddle boarders and a host of spectators as they braved the Clyde to start the new year off with a splash.

Almost £200 was raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution through a bucket collection.

Unseasonably mild temperatures and low wind speeds meant that those who took managed to stay in the water for much longer than usual.

Alison Allan - who is social convenor for Royal Gourock - told the Tele that this year's swim had the best turnout since the event began more than a decade ago, with around 60 swimmers taking the plunge.

The swim was also significant because the dippers were joined for the first time by a group of members who had been using the club's slip for open water swimming over the last year.

The open water swimmers' experience in the Clyde showed, and they enjoyed a long swim in the surrounding waters.

After the swimmers had their dip, some chose to go into the clubhouse for a quick socially distanced chat before heading home.

Alison says she was delighted with how the event had gone.

She said: "It was a great day.

"A lot of things have had to be put on hold for the pandemic, so it was really good to see this one come back.

"I think it gives people the sense that things are returning to normal.

"We all had a good, safe time, and the turnout and support was incredible.

"I want to thank all the swimmers who took part and everyone who donated to the RNLI afterwards.

"This was a fantastic way to start off the new year."