Dippy dookers set for chilly challenge

Seasoned Boxing Day 'dippers' at Leven, the Simpson family, at last year's event. From left,  Julie, Mollie and Viki.
Seasoned Boxing Day 'dippers' at Leven, the Simpson family, at last year's event. From left, Julie, Mollie and Viki.

Hardy souls are once again steeling themselves to take the plunge to mark the festive season in Levenmouth and the East Neuk.

But, in a departure from last year’s double dip on Boxing Day, spectators take note - the East Neuk Dook is being held on Hogmanay.

Organiser Kevin Corps explained: “Unlike more ‘traditional’ dooks, we jump rather than run and depend on as high a tide as possible, so we changed the day.”

The event, which kicks off at 1.00 p.m., sees participants jump off Anstruther Harbour dressed only in a swimming costume and t-shirt and swim across the inner harbour mouth.

Among them will be Kevin himself and RNLI hero Barry Gourlay, who have both taken part in all 12 dooks to date.

Kevin added: “We’re holding the event in aid of Fife Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre this year and have 50 volunteers which is our maximum so we don’t need any more. However, people coming to watch is great – and hopefully drop some money in a bucket! “

Those partial to a bracing swim in North Sea waters can still sign up to the Leven beach Boxing Day Dip being held in aid of chidren’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Spokesperson Thomas Buchanan said: “This is our fifth year and the response from the community has once again been fantastic. Sign-ups are steadily increasing each day and we are optimistic that we will better last year’s fundraising total of £5000.”

Following the noon event, participants are given hot soup and a drop of whisky at the Caledonian Hotel.

Thomas added: “An optional wee drop of whisky will also be provided for adult participants who needextra courage to venture into the water!”

For more information or to sign up, call 0141 572 5707, text “Dip” plus your information to 07920 584 687 or email: thomas.buchanan@clicsargent.org.uk