All-female group enjoy their midsummer swim

Lenka, Chris, Jo, Tracy, Linda, Donna, Liz and Ruth

It was an extra-early start for the Shrape Swimmers, on June 21.

The all-female group, who enjoy sea swimming all year round, took to the water at 4.30am to mark the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

The summer solstice marks midsummer, when the number of hours of daylight are at their maximum, while the number of hours of night are at their minimum.

While many people consider the summer solstice to be a day, it actually is an exact moment in time when, whichever hemisphere you’re in, is most tilted towards the Sun. This year for the northern hemisphere that moment occurred on the evening of June 20 at 21.51 BST (20.51 GMT). It is also the time when the southern hemisphere experiences its winter solstice.