Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard braves Port Isaac Christmas Day swim

If you’re brave enough to take part in the growing annual tradition of a cold Christmas Day swim in Cornwall, it’s worth seeing who else is freezing their Brussels sprouts off next to you. Those taking a dip in the sea at Port Isaac on the big day were delighted to be joined by Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard.

Ben found his Tipping Point shrinking in the cold conditions as he joined other swimmers at the home of Doc Martin and Fisherman’s Friends, including his brother who he pointed out was wearing “budgie smugglers”. Surely, that’s deserving of a place on Ben’s show Ninja Warrior?

The TV star shared a video of his festive family swim on Instagram, writing he had meant to post the video earlier but he had “only just thawed out”.

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Looking decidedly cold, Ben told his half a million followers: “Christmas Day in Port Isaac, on the beach! The village is looking stunning. Best way to wake up! Merry Christmas everybody!”

In a caption, he added: “Happy Christmas all hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas – ours was #cornish bracing and wonderfully boozy! Apologies for my brothers #budgiesmugglers.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard enjoyed a Christmas Day swim in Cornwall
Ben Shephard apologised for his brother’s ‘budgie smugglers’ during a Christmas Day swim at Port Isaac
(Image: Instagram / @benshephardofficial)

The video proved popular with Ben’s friends and followers, with athlete Ashley Cain writing: “Love this uncle Ben!” ITV star Lorraine Kelly was clearly impressed, as she called Ben an “angel”.

Influencer Justine Jenkins joked she hadn’t “heard the term budgie smugglers in years”, while musician Tom Speight added: “Hope you had a great Xmas.”

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