a bracing start to the New Year

0112003 SSFF kinghorn loonydook '...and they're off - Ne'erday Loony Dook, Kinghorn, 2012
0112003 SSFF kinghorn loonydook '...and they're off - Ne'erday Loony Dook, Kinghorn, 2012

kinghorn’s first ever Loony Dook went with a big splash on Sunday.

Around 50 revellers found the best ever cure for a New Year’s Day hangover when they ran into the freezing waters of the Forth Estuary in a weird and wonderful array of costumes.

0112021 SSFF kdy loonydook 'Loony Dookers in the water - the Ne'erday Loony Dook, Kirkcaldy, 2012

0112021 SSFF kdy loonydook 'Loony Dookers in the water - the Ne'erday Loony Dook, Kirkcaldy, 2012

There were Santas, bathing belles, pirates, cowboys, a nun and even an ice cream cone as the dookers pulled out the stops to amuse those gathered around Kinghorn Lifeboat Station to watch the spectacle.

And just an hour later around 70 people - slightly down on last year’s total - did exactly the same thing just a few miles along the road as the sixth Langtoun Loony Dook took place at the basin car park end of the Esplanade.

Mark Gowans of Kinghorn, who helped set up the town’s inaugural dook, said he had been “delighted” with the large number of people who had turned out to take part to raise funds for the village’s lifeboat station.

“I’m hugely grateful to everyone who turned out and made such a great start to the new year – not just the dookers but also the supporters and spectators. I reckon there must have been around 200 people on the beach,” he said.

“It was a tentative venture this year, and I’m absolutely delighted by the support we received. We’ve lots of ideas on how to make next year’s evet even better!”

Maureen Londra and Lesley Smith who took over the running of the Kirkcaldy event this year said they too were delighted with the dook.

“We were very pleased with the numbers – including those spectating,” explained Maureen.

“Kirkcaldy Rugby Club had a great turn out and there were a lot of people who really entered into the spirit of the event and thought up great costumes.

“Many people were doing it for their own causes which is good, and we hope that those who were doing it for Prostate Scotland have managed to raise a good amount.”